Published on November 15th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan
Tesla Model S & BMW i3 Get New Skins
Tesla may be the most American car company nowadays, and especially once the gigafactory gets rolling. In honor of Veterans Day, Tesla rolled out a a Tesla Model S with camouflage vinyl wrap and louvered back windows. The special Model S was also stamped with a nice Twitter hashtag, #TeslaVets.
It’s a nice tribute to the guys and gals who put their lives on the line in the name of the USA, and it also brings attention to the fact that one of the best ways to protect the country from some of its biggest threats, global warming and oil wars, is to go electric. But this isn’t Tesla’s first sign of support for vets. The California-based car company has also committed to hiring a lot of them.
“The actual work was done by SS Customs, and also features unique camo wheels, a roof rack, and yellow military-esque headlights,” GAS2 writes. “Tesla revealed the Veterans day tribute via its Facebook page, with this simple message; ‘A heartfelt Veterans Day thank you to all who have served. #TeslaVets #VeteransDay.’“
The all-electric BMW i3 also recently got a new skin. However, this one is actually on the market… in Japan.
“Though the BMW i3 has been on the global market for less than a year in most places, aftermarket tuners have responded with unexpected gusto in modifying the small German EV. Studie Japan and 3D Design teamed up to take on the BMW i3, painting it an impossible-to-ignore Fire Orange and giving it a sportier flair to liven the look up,” GAS2 writes.
“The intense color choice comes from BMW’s own palette, and the hue spread to the interior as well, accenting the Recaro racing seats and the dashboard as well. And while the Japanese-market i3 is 20 mm lower to the ground than other versions, Studie Japan lowered it a further 30 mm so that it practically scrapes the ground. That makes the i3 look faster, without actually making it *go* faster.”
Nothing was changed under the hood to actually boost the i3’s performance. It’s all just a matter of styling. But it’s always nice to have more electric car options on the table, even if they are just superficially different. It’s not my style. But I assume it will find some buyers. Here are more pics: