Tesla Model 3 Coming To England And Australia Mid 2019

Tesla Model 3


European deliveries begin sooner

Last night, during the Q3 financial call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk let it be known that production of the Model 3 for regions outside the U.S. and Canada would begin early in 2019. Europe would begin seeing significant deliveries of the mid-size sedan in the “late-February/March timeframe,” while APAC (the Asia Pacific region), would see it start arriving in the 2nd quarter of the year. That left us wondering if those European and APAC deliveries would include countries that have the steering wheel on the wrong right side of the car — the right-hand drive (RHD) configuration. We now have an answer.

A customer asked in a tweet (embedded below) when his Model 3  would be delivered to Australia. He said the delivery date, which had been late 2019, had disappeared from his reservation page. The answer was somewhat surprising to those of us who may have expected it to have been pushed back. Instead of sometime in 2020, Musk responded it would arrive “Around mid 2019.

This seems to have prompted someone else to inquire about deliveries for England. Although a European country, like Australia it is a right-hand drive country. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the tweet reply (embedded below) was “Same.”

Left out of the RHD mentioned mix, among a few others, is Japan, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. Now it’s quite likely these will also see deliveries in that same mid-2019 timeframe, though it is possible some might be delayed as each country has its own separate rules for homologation — “the process of certifying or approving a product to indicate that it meets regulatory standards and specifications, such as safety and technical requirements.”

While we believe the rules for Australia and New Zealand are quite similar, Japan may pose more of a challenge. The case for Hong Kong is even more sticky. Musk has said the Shanghai Gigafactory would begin building the Model 3 in 2019, despite construction of the plant just now beginning. Will it supply the car for Hong Kong, or will the Chinese island get RHD cars from the U.S. so customers will have less of a wait? We’ll see if we can’t get an answer for you soon.

Source: Twitter

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18 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Coming To England And Australia Mid 2019"

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The UK consists of four countries, not just England. Not a big deal, but it’s a little annoying when you live in one of the ‘other’ UK countries.

Good to know a date, the sooner the better for all RHD markets.
Tesla in the Top 5 of EV sales in New Zealand.

Time to call the hazmat crew to clean up board rooms of all the other automakers.

It is emblematic isn’t it?

GM is pulling out of markets like the Western world’s biggest market in Europe and upstart Tesla is going in.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

GM just became a small importer into Europe.
But I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try to expand again in 5 years or so as they build up their electric line-up

What is GM importing into Europe? Last I knew, they sold to PSA or eliminated all their operations in the continent.

Don’t forget India and Southern Africa especially the RSA. All those countries drive on the correct side of the road. 🙂

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Not sure about India. Still quite large import tariffs.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

And RSA is 40%. Don’t think they’ll bother there.

Correct side of the road?
What a joke…. Haha

In South Africa, we drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our cars – rental cars included – are right-hand drive vehicles. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are in kilometres. There are strict drinking and driving laws – with a maximum allowable alcohol blood content of 0.05%.

You would say… the left / right side….

Both countries would be tiny markets for Tesla. Most of the population is far too poor to afford them, and unlike Toyota Landrovers for safari use, they are not work vehicles.
There is however Ireland, a small market but still, an easy expansion of the UK market assuming brexit gets sorted out.
There’s also Singapore.

It’s a bit generous calling England a country, a constituent part/unit of the real country the UK would be better. And by country I of course mean a sovereign country, which is implied when talking about countries unless being more specific.

But hey, it’s nice that the Model 3 is coming to regions too, like Cataluña, Bayern, England, Holland or Świętokrzyskie.

To be fair, England alone has done more evil in the world than most “real” countries, so on that measure it qualifies.

Can Scotland have some Model 3s too please?

In fairness, it’s a bit confusing to outsiders. For example U.K. does not field a team in the World Cup, but does in the Olympics. Speaking as a Brit! 😉

Made my day, unless you really meant England, not the UK, Domenick. We in Scotland have reservations too.

Would be nice to believe all these projections but sadly my PW 2 experience here in oz of continual delay would leave one to wait and see. I’ve been straining at the bit to change my ice car for a suitable EV for over a year now. Looks like it’s a Kona EV for me with availability early 2019. Still not going to hold my breath on that either. Nissan announced the new Leaf arrival in oz this week. But guess what they won’t start delivering until next year. Still the fifty grand waiting in my bank account isn’t going anywhere but the BS is getting a bit tiresome.

Powerwall is getting delays everywhere, not just in certain regions. I don’t think you can deduce anything about delays in Model 3 availability in your region from that.