It's come to our attention (via InsideEVs contributor Michael Beinenson who recently took delivery of a refreshed Tesla Model P90DL in Atlanta himself) that Tesla apparently now fits all of its new cars with a front license plate...regardless of legal necessity.

The Tesla store representative in Atlanta says the fitment of the front plate has something to do with crash testing being performed with the plate in place (perhaps pedestrian safety testing?).

Anyways, Model S owners who live in states that don't require a front plate are inclined to remove that unsightly and certainly not aerodynamic front plate.

Turns out its not that easy to take off. Fortunately, there's a how-to video showing removal of the plate and it's a rather straightforward process that only requires a drill, a die grinder, a screwdriver and a heat gun (hair dryer).

Video description:

"This is the how-to video for removing the front license plate of the new facelift Tesla Model S."

Here are some before and after images of Michael Beinenson's facelifted Model S:

Tesla Model S Before Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S Before Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S Before Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S Before Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S Front License Plate - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S Front License Plate - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S After Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Tesla Model S After Front License Plate Delete - Image: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs