48 hours ago, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk introduced the Model X. The car is jam packed full of industry leading technology from “Falcon” style hydraulic doors to a bio-defense system that purifies air inside the vehicle to near surgical grade cleanliness. The car also boasts the highest safety ratings across the board. The level of luxury and sophistication is what Tesla owners have come to expect but there is one feature that doesn’t seem to “sit well” with the majority of potential clients.
The Model X is equipped with functioning “lavatories” for both front seat passengers. A simple press of a button engages the retractable seat cover that exposes a bio-enhanced composting toilet system. A composting toilet is a type of dry toilet that uses a predominantly aerobic processing system to treat human excreta, by composting or managed aerobic decomposition. These toilets generally use little to no water and are typically used as an alternative to flush toilets. Tesla has modified the under carriage of the Model X to hold up to 75 kilograms of human excrement. The internal composting system, heat generated from the engine and a combination of anaerobic bacteria create a closed loop system that generates no waste byproducts.
Met with bold reactions at the Tesla announcement gala some people questioned the viability of such a system and Musk and the Tesla staff seemed to divert most of the questions directed at the highly unusual bathroom technology.
“ The Model X is an exercise in utilitarianism, its features were crafted to encompass the entire human experience. I drew on aeronautical engineering from Space X for the interior technology systems from the temperature control infrastructure down to the suction equipped lavatory system that mimic conditions astronauts experience.
Now waiting for the next exit or charge station is unnecessary, drivers can relieve themselves at their convenience, on their terms, their schedule, in complete luxury.”
Most critics maintain that Elon Musk is personally behind the unusual feature as he has long been a advocate for Irritable Bowel Syndrome; an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea and constipation that has plagued him throughout his career.
Many attendees had a more blunt response:
“Is he fucking kidding? That’s a joke right? The toilet thing is a joke right? Who in their right mind would use that? How do you wipe? Don’t women have to wipe? I have to wipe? How do you wipe? This is nuts.”
The toilet paper question was never addressed by Elon or staff but the crowd attention soon surrounded the unusual feature.
The tri-fold X Model pamphlet that was distributed to the crowd seemed to shed more light on the “toilet seats”. The porcelain veneer is exposed after the lavatory is “engaged” and is hypo allergenic and self cleaning, using ultraviolet light when the seat is not “engaged”. An indicator on the dash displays the undercarriage’s septic tank capacity level with “No load”, “Half Load” and “Full Load” capacity indicator lights.
Other attendants at the conference had a different response and saw the disruptive technology as a game changer:
“It appears Elon Musk has done it again, he is undergoing a negative backlash for being on the cutting edge. My bet is that in two years everyone will be driving around in electric cars, sipping Starbucks and defecating in their seat in rush hour on the way to work.”
Elon had one final quote that he used to address the barrage of questions surrounding the toilet seat at the closing of the event.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Toilet seats will happen. – Elon Musk”