Tesla now offering car the vegan elite can sink their teeth into

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While some dream of having their six-figure car smell of money or at least cowhide, electric-car manufacturer, Tesla has decided to give their vegan buyers some love.

With the trend of the rich forgoing a carnivorous lifestyle in favor of an eco-conscious and vegan one, Tesla will now offer synthetic leather called “Ultra White” in its new Model X sport utility vehicle. A touch above the cloth option (because who wants to forgo style?) and one that is animal-friendly, Tesla’s offering is on par with other luxury car makers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Ferrari who have also introduced faux leather seating, reports the New York Times 

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“All the car companies want sustainability cred,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director at Kelley Blue Book.

There has been a real push lately from the vegan elite, not to mention environmental advocacy groups, for car makers — particularly those known for their eco-friendly make-up — to do away with leather interiors. They even have pointed out Nikola Tesla, the inventor for whom the car is named, was a vegetarian.

And while the new faux leather option is certainly a step in the right direction for fashionista animal-lovers and environmental activists, they are still pushing further for more changes.

Because biofuels aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions are sometimes derived from animal products, vegans look forward to a day when cars can run sans liquid fuels entirely.

Vegan pro-racecar driver and environmental advocate Leilani Münter, explains the rationale. “I don’t like burning fuel,” she said. “Eventually, it’s just not going to be a byproduct they’re trying to use because hopefully there won’t be this huge industry that’s slaughtering billions of animals every year.”