The hidden storage box in the trunk of many Tesla models, known as the side box, is already a good place to store coolers. But Tesla owners love to take things to another level when it comes to technology, which explains the Kickstarter success of a new power cooler.
The cooler known as TesFridge is available in different sizes and fits perfectly in the trunk of Tesla models 3 (20 l/5 g), Y (35 l/9 g) and X (36 l/9.5 g). For X and Y models can be powered from a 12V outlet in the trunk, while Model X owners will need to be powered from a 12V outlet in the center console. Coolers can also be powered from other sources, such as larger external battery packs, generators, or solar chargers.
TesFridge dissipates heat through hollow layers around the body and ventilates around the upper edge. So its makers include mats that can be secured to the trunk panel that covers the side trunk, allowing hot air to escape. The temperature is set from 50°F (10°C) to -4°F (-20°C) via the up and down buttons linked to the small LED display. According to the manufacturer, it only takes 30 minutes for the inner compartment to reach the desired level.
Not only can the cooler be controlled with buttons on the unit itself, but a connected app also lets owners check and adjust the temperature from their smartphone.
While the TesFridge is sure to keep your groceries cool on the way home from the store, its real target seems to be campers, and we’ve seen other aftermarket gadgets, including four-person tent attachments, cooking and storage camping kits and premium mattresses. It seems like a good strategy for the manufacturer, as TesFridge has already received more than $250,000 in pledges, with an initial request of $10,000 — and that’s almost a month before the event.
Speaking of camping, the cooler works well with the Tesla’s camping mode, which keeps the 12V outlet powered so the cooler stays cold even when the vehicle isn’t running. Of course, the coolers can also be taken out of the car — though they’re a bit heavy, with the smallest Model 3 version weighing 25.3 pounds (11.5 kilograms) and the heaviest Model X version weighing 31 pounds (14 kilograms).
While it’s always wise to be cautious when backing Kickstarter products, TesFridge is backed by a company called ACCO powerwhich is a long-established outlet that has made electric coolers (and solar panels) before, so it seemed safe to commit to the event.
If you want to get in on the action, you can still get the super early bird incentive, paying $299 for the Model 3, $349 for the Model Y, and $399 for the Model X. If all goes according to plan, TesFridges is expected to start rolling out this August.