Eight out of 10 vegans prefer electric cars. Well, that’s not actually a stat, more of a guess. Isn’t it a no-brainer though, that people who care about the planet should be more inclined to ditch the gas guzzler and get around in a clean green vehicle? Of course unlike other Western countries, the Aussie government isn’t exactly helping the electric car industry get off the ground, but that’s a discussion for another day.

So what else do vegans care about in their cars? Long have the words ‘all-leather interiors’ been associated with the luxury end of the car market, and that’s not exactly music to a plant-eaters ears. But hold that thought because the man who brought us Paypal and SpaceX has now unveiled the first fully vegan Tesla.

The latest version of the compact, full-electric sedan is now 100 per cent leather-free, according to the company’s Twitter feed. The move comes following a PETA request that Musk commit to an animal-hide free model of his iconic car by 2020.

Tesla joins luxury carmakers Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Polestar (Volvo) in offering high-performing, animal-free interiors as a standard feature.

And that can only be good news, because the leather industry is as toxic to the earth as it is cruel to cows. Raising cows for their hides takes massive quantities of land, feed, water and fossil fuels, and those cows emit huge amounts of methane gas – a potent greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere. A PETA video exposé recently revealed how cows are branded on the face, electroshocked and beaten before finally being slaughtered to be made into the leather interiors offered by the world’s largest car companies.

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