Tesla Motors (TSLA) Model S Early Adopters Getting Facelifts

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Tesla Motors Inc Model S owners, who want to make their old electric cars new again, must know about Unplugged Performance. The first Tesla-focused tuner has developed a new ‘Refresh Set’ conversion kit with an aim to provide a revised look and new aerodynamics for the Model S built before May 2016.

Make your old Tesla Model S brand new

“A redesigned front fascia which the company began taking preorders on earlier this summer, coupled with sleek, yet not too aggressive side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper round out the ‘Refresh Set,’ notes Teslarati.

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Unplugged team told Teslarati that with the use 3D-scanning technology, their designers were able to capture every nuance and curve found on the Model S. And the result was the design of a formfitting kit that looks a little similar to Tesla’s latest nosecone-free design found on the Model X and Model S. The design also included Unplugged’s own unique design languages.

The new Refresh Rear Set is a full rear bumper cover replacement, with lower diffuser panel designed to install with light reflectors and factory parking sensors. Special modifications are not needed for rear set’s installation, and any professional body shop can finish the work in around 2 to 3 hours, according to the tuner.

Unplugged notes that the delivery for its front-end Refreshed Fascia will take place at the end of summer. Currently, the company is doing some experiment, and will start complete production after the successful tests. By the end of this year, the full Refresh Set will be available for delivery deliveries, notes Teslarati.

Tesla in talks for expansion in Philippines

Separately, Tesla Motors Inc is expanding its presence in Asia before it starts with the production of the Model 3. Since 2014, the automaker has been growing its presence in Japan and China, and this year, it expanded in South Korea and Taiwan as well. The EV firm is focusing on some other markets too in the region, such as Malaysia and Singapore.

Now, Philippines is also a contender for its ‘Tesla Energy’ division as well as electric vehicles, says a report from Electrek. Alfredo S. Panlilio – Senior Vice President of Meralco – said in a recent interview that his company has been in talks with Tesla, and the company executives are planning a visit by the end of 2016. Meralco is the biggest electric utility in Philippines.

Further, Panlilio said they want to explore a potential partnership to distribute Tesla Motors Inc ’s energy storage products. In addition, Panlilio said that they have to discuss the charging infrastructure needed for the roll-out of EVs in the Philippines. “We just have to be ahead of adoption, for example, if EV rollout finally comes on mass scale, Meralco should be ready – even with the charging stations.”

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.


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