The first Tesla Model Ys have arrived in Europe. A German manager of the electric car manufacturer made this 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 the beginning of July. The market launch of the Model Y in Europe is earlier than last stated on Tesla’s website, but later than originally planned. This is due to the delayed completion of the Tesla plant in Grünheide, near Berlin. The Model Y cars for the European market were supposed to be delivered from there. However, the Californian company no longer wants to wait that long. After all, the German electric car market is in full swing. So the Model Y is being imported from China.
The first ship has now apparently docked. Daniel Riek, Tesla’s Senior Key Account Manager in Munich, announced on his LinkedIn profile that the Model Y has arrived in Europe. According to the Tesla website, the market launch for Germany is still scheduled for September. However, already at the time of the order launch, rumours emerged that deliveries could start as early as August. The arrival of the first units before the middle of the month now also suggests this. Just like the German premiere of the vehicle, to which Tesla has invited journalists to its showroom in Berlin on 19 August.
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 the outside of the Giga Texas. According to him, the goal is the regular start of production 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 to 2022. On the order page, the footnote now states that the configurator will be available when “production approaches in 2022”.
In the context of the latest business figures, the manufacturer had already announced that the launch of the Semi e-truck will also not take place until 2022. According to the original plans, the Semi, a Class 8 electric truck, was to go into series production as early as 2019. Later, this was postponed to 2020. As a reason for the new delay, Tesla said it wanted to concentrate on the construction and commissioning of the new factories for the time being.
At best, only a few examples of the Cybertruck were to be rolled out this year; volume production was not planned until 2022 from the beginning. In January, it was said that the development and design had been completed. 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 rear frame of the Cybertruck.
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