The newly launched Tesla Model Y sees huge demand in Australia


Due to the high demand for Tesla’s model YSUV after it was launched in Australia, automakers have postponed vehicle delivery by six months.

The Austin-based car maker introduced the Model Y to Australians on June 10th. The price is A $ 68,900 plus the road cost of an entry-level rear-wheel drive vehicle, which is about $ 5,000 higher than the model 3 sedan of the base vehicle.

The company initially proposed a delivery time of 2-5 months after receiving the order. However, it has now been found that the estimated delivery date is between February and May 2023. This means that, according to the brand, customers will have to wait at least eight months, or up to a year, to receive their car. Local website..

“We are working on accelerating RHD [right-hand-drive] Production of the Model Y, “Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a Twitter post on June 13. “I didn’t expect demand to be this high!”

The Tesla Model 3 became Australia’s top-selling electric vehicle in 2022, accounting for almost two-thirds of Australia’s total EV sales as of March 31. However, the love of SUVs nationwide raises the possibility of Model Y. Beyond.

The long-awaited arrival of the Australian model is three years after Tesla first announced it in the United States. Together with the Model 3, which is the basis of the Model Y, the two models accounted for more than 95% of Tesla’s production and shipments in the first quarter. Official release.. Despite supply chain challenges and factory closures, the company produced more than 305,000 vehicles and delivered more than 310,000 vehicles this quarter.

The newly launched electric vehicle will be manufactured at Tesla Giga Factory Shanghai. After recovering from the three-week closure of March and April due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the factory has been reopened under a “closed loop” system and workers are sleeping on the premises.

According to the China Passenger Car Association, the Shanghai plant did not export vehicles in April.

Musk said in October that Shanghai exceeded production at its Fremont, California plant (the company’s first plant). Production at Tesla’s new plant is expected to grow slowly in the first year, so the two plants are important to Tesla’s goal of increasing deliveries this year by 50%.

Rita Lee


Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to the United States and China. She started writing her Chinese version in 2018.