The first Tesla Model Y units arrive in Europe
The first Tesla Model Y have arrived in Europe. A German official at the electric car maker made it public on his LinkedIn channel. The official start of deliveries is still scheduled for September, but it looks like the first deliveries could take place in August. This is also supported by a media date.
The Tesla Model Y can be ordered in Germany since early July. The Model Y’s market launch in Europe is earlier than last reported on Tesla’s website, but later than initially expected. This is due to the late completion of the Tesla factory in Grünheide, near Berlin. Model Y cars for the European market were supposed to be delivered from there. However, the California-based company doesn’t want to wait that long. After all, the German market for electric cars is in full swing. Model Y is therefore imported from China.
The first ship is now apparently moored. Daniel Riek, Senior Key Account Manager of Tesla in Munich, announced on his LinkedIn profile that Model Y has arrived in Europe. According to Tesla’s website, the German market launch is still scheduled for September. However, already when the order was launched, rumors emerged that deliveries could start as early as August. The arrival of the first units before the middle of the month now suggests this as well. Just like the German premiere of the vehicle, to which Tesla invited journalists to its Berlin showroom on August 19.
Meanwhile, new photos suggest that test production of the Model Y in Austin could begin this week. The photos were taken by Joe Tegtmeyer, a drone pilot who regularly films outside the Giga Texas. According to him, the goal is to start production on a regular basis in October. He does not name a source for this information.
Finally, Tesla has now confirmed that the start of production of the Cybertruck will be postponed until 2022. On the order page, the footnote now states that the configurator will be available when “production approaches in 2022”.
As part of the latest sales figures, the manufacturer had already announced that the launch of the Semi e-truck would not take place before 2022 either. According to initial plans, the Semi, a class 8 electric truck, was to enter in series production as early as 2019. Later this was postponed to 2020. As a reason for the further delay, Tesla has said it wants to focus on building and commissioning the new factories for the time being.
At best, only a few copies of the Cybertruck were to be deployed this year; volume production was not expected until 2022 from the start. In January, it was said that development and design was complete. Musk also said at the time that an even larger “gigapress” than the one currently used in the Model Y would be ordered for the Cybertruck’s rear frame.
teslarati.com, linkedin.com (the two European deliveries), teslarati.com, twitter.com (Austin), electrek.co (Cybertruck)