The nose design of the Model S has always been my least favorite part of the car. An electric car does not need a large open grill to cool off the non-existent engine, so for aerodynamic purposes, the front nose is a solid piece. I liked the Model X nose a little better, and now the new Model S’s have this same nose. I was noticing that the nose looked quite different on the cars depending upon the exterior color. I recently was down in Monterey for the weekend and charged at the local supercharger attached to the service center. To my surprise I really like the new nose WITH a license plate. The license plate fills in the awkward blank space nicely, and I think it would also apply to license plates of different shapes like the ones in Europe.
Many drivers prefer a car without a front license plate largely for aesthetic reasons. The license plate will affect the aerodynamics of the car, thereby technically reducing efficiency and range by a tiny amount.
In some states and countries it is illegal to drive without a front license plate and the law is rather strictly enforced. Throughout most but not all of California, many people drive without a front license plate without any problems or tickets for years. Steve Jobs actually drove around for years without any license plates by changing cars every six months.
I’m including a photo of the Model S with both noses and the Model X with the new nose. The black area of the new nose with the Tesla logo looks a little thin and unbalanced without a plate. Anyone else like the new nose more with the license plate?