As you can imagine, some models have more than a year of waiting between the order and the delivery of your new car. Elon Musk has just mentioned this hypothesis which seems more and more real.
If you want to order a Model 3 Propulsion, the one we recently tested, the first price is displayed with a delivery date between April and June 2023. Yes, you read that right… more than a year of waiting. It is better to go for the Model Y which offers much shorter lead times thanks, among other things, to the opening of the Berlin factory.
More than a year of waiting, it’s too much
Nevertheless, a year of waiting is a long time… very long. It is for this reason that Elon Musk said that Tesla may stop taking orders on some models of its electric vehicles due to long delivery times.
These very long delivery times can be explained by several reasons. Above all, the global shortage of components is a reality, it has encountered the struggling production lines. This shortage is caused by the pandemic, but also the war in Ukraine. But there is also a rush into electric cars as the technology gains momentum – both naturally, as they become more common, and in the short term, more directly because of the increase in gasoline prices.
Tesla has raised the price of some of its models sharply, especially the entry-level Model 3 Propulsion, but like Elon Musk’s signal… that hasn’t reduced demand.
Demand now exceeds production to a ridiculous degree. We will in fact probably limit or just stop taking orders beyond a certain period, because part of the timeframe (for delivery of new orders) is over a year.
In our opinion, it is very likely that the Model 3 Propulsion will be the first vehicle withdrawn from sale in Europe. The vehicles of this model that we receive all come, for the moment, from the Shanghai factory.
The Model Y is Tesla’s priority in Europe, at least in 2023. Between the design on European soil and the displayed availability of the model on the Tesla configurator, there is no shadow of a doubt. If the Model 3 is still for sale, it is definitely the Model 3 Performance that deserves to be soldthe latter can still be delivered in 2022… it also offers the biggest margin to the American brand.
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