White Tesla charging. Image: Riz Akhtar
Many Australian Tesla Model Y order holders who had original delivery dates going into February 2023 now have a much earlier delivery date much sooner than expected.
Some of these order holders originally placed an order in the weeks after Tesla opened its Model Y orders page in June, and were told that their Model Y RWDs had an estimated delivery date of November through to February.
Some received messages last week advising that their new EVs are ready for delivery in October. One order holder shared their joy of receiving the update on social media:
“Our expected delivery date was Nov-Feb. To our surprise, we got our VIN and delivery date set at 27th Oct. Then another surprise text saying our MY is ready 26th if you want to pick it up early 🥳😍”
Tesla Model Y. Image: Riz Akhtar
This is good news for thousands of order holders who are waiting for a Model Y delivery and might be getting it earlier than expected.
Some have even locked in lower finance rates and won’t have the uncertainty of their finance rates going up if their EV is delivered sooner.
However, for local Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Performance order holders, the waiting game continues.
Tesla Model 3 order holders still waiting
Tesla Model 3 order holders continue to wait. Many orders from back in March this year are yet to be fulfilled and these customers eagerly wait for their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to know their EV has been built and could be on its way. One of these owners took to social media to ask the question:
“Any M3 [Tesla Model 3] RWD from March got vins yet?”
The responses to this question were mixed. Many had not yet received any update on the build of their EV sedan while some order holders from early March had a delivery date on this end of Christmas.
Image: Riz Akhtar
Tesla upgraded its Shanghai production plant during July and August and increased production to an all-time high. This means that it can work through the backlog of orders more quickly.
One indicator of this ramped production is Tesla reducing prices in China last week and offering an incentive program to new customers. With that in mind, Tesla will be doing what it can to deliver existing order holders in the coming months.
Shanghai Gigafactory 3 body shop. Source: Tesla
Having flooded the Australian market with Model Ys last month on the back of huge demand, Tesla is making the most of its recent plant expansion to make Shanghai the largest EV export hub.
For Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Performance customers that are waiting, the recent bringing forward of delivery dates and strong delivery flow to local customers could be a good sign of what’s to come.