New Tesla Model S taillight and charge port design spotted on public roads

Just a few days after first being spotted on the Tesla Fremont test track, a Model S with the new taillight and charge port door design has been spotted on public roads.

The photos, which were first shared on Facebook, gives us an eye level view of the new taillight design.

As we suspected from the drone flyover last week, the black trim piece along the trunk now stops shorts of entering the taillights. (h/t: @SawyerMerritt)

We also get a closer look at the charge port door, and it is clearly different than what is currently on the flagship sedan.

We can see that instead of a small flap, the entire side panel is now the charge port door, similar to the Model 3/Y.

The larger size suggest Tesla is testing a CCS charge port, which has a larger footprint than Tesla’s proprietary connector, for markets like Europe where CCS is the charging standard.

If Tesla is in fact testing the CCS charge port design, it will still be a while before European customers receive the refresh Model S.

In an email last week, Tesla announced they have pushed back deliveries in markets outside of North America to the second half of 2022.

At the same time, Tesla also stopped taking orders for both the Model S and Model X outside of North America in order to work through the backlog of orders. It has been over a year since Tesla last delivered either vehicle in Europe.

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