Tesla Held An Aussie Model S Owners Meet-Up, At A Petrol Station Without Petrol

The new-look Tesla Model S has landed on Australian shores -- with a surprisingly short turn-around after its April facelift -- and the electric car company marked the occasion last night by holding a meet up for Victorian owners, at a petrol station that wasn't a petrol station.

In a symbolically heavy-handed move, the owner's club event started at Tesla's Richmond showroom but travelled in a convoy to Welcome To Thornbury, a Northcote location where a disused petrol station has been converted into a food truck stop and bar. The refreshed Model S is soon to go to its new owner, but Tesla also took the opportunity to show it off to existing Model S owners and the general public.

The Model S, which has had its first significant exterior overhaul since its 2012 US launch, looks a lot like the recently-on-sale Model X, which is also coming to Australia but isn't expected until the end of the year. The majority of the older car's front air intake has been blocked and painted to improve aerodynamic efficiency, while a faster onboard charger is joined by the Model X's "bioweapons defense mode"-grade HEPA air filtration.

Additional image credit: Welcome To Thornbury