We suspected it, some models show 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 has said that Tesla may stop taking orders on certain models of its electric vehicles.
These very long delivery times can be explained by several reasons. First, the global shortage of components is a reality, it puts production lines in difficulty. This shortage is caused by the pandemic, but also the war in Ukraine. But there’s also a rush into electric cars as the technology gains momentum – both naturally, as they become more commonplace, and, more directly, because of the rising price of gasoline.
Tesla has raised prices sharply on some of its models, particularly the entry-level Model 3 Propulsion, but as Elon Musk points out… that hasn’t reduced demand.
Demand now exceeds production to a ridiculous degree. We will in fact probably limit or simply 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In our opinion, it is very likely that this is the Model 3 Propulsion which is the first vehicle withdrawn from sale in Europe.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 certainly the Model 3 Performance that will continue to be soldthe latter can still be delivered in 2022… it also offers the biggest margin to the American brand.
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