Tesla Model 3 European Delivery/First Drive, Charging Cables Out Of Stock


What’s it like to finally see your Model 3 arrive from afar?

This Tesla Model 3 reservation holder in the Netherlands just took delivery of his Model 3. As you can see from the video, Tesla’s Tilburg factory is teeming with vehicles and many of them appear to be Model 3 sedans.

We do know that Tesla is continuously delivering vehicles to Europe and China. In fact, it has shifted essentially all production of the Model 3 for overseas markets. When Tesla first launched the Model 3 in the U.S., people had to wait month and months to take delivery. In addition, there was only one variant available and it took many more months before more options came to market.

While those in overseas markets have had to wait much longer, the situation is quite different. At this point, Tesla has made many improvements to the Model 3 and there are multiple configurations available. In addition, rather than delivering only a handful of cars over the course of many months, the automaker is able to more quickly deliver as many as it can ship to Europe and China at a time.

Interestingly, YouTuber Dan says he doesn’t have a charging cable and Tesla didn’t provide him with one since they’re out of stock in the area. Wait … a new electric car and no charging cable! Perhaps Tesla shouldn’t be able to deliver these cars until the cables become available?

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via Dan’s Tesla on YouTube:

Model 3 European Delivery – full experience. Plus – Autobahn 100KMh-160KMh and 215 KM/h

I took delivery of my Model 3 – here are my first impressions on this car and how it behaves on road.

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27 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 European Delivery/First Drive, Charging Cables Out Of Stock"

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Better to be growing rapidly and have growing pains then to not be growing.

Detroit should try and figure this out before it’s too late.

My Fiat 500e came with a charging cable, but I never used it. Once a charger is installed at home, then the cable in the car is kept for emergencies.

I think that’s how you are supposed to do it anyway…

That might work well in North America, but in Europe most AC chargers don’t have a cable attached, so that would leave a driver essentially only able to charge at CCS chargers or Superchargers. I haven’t watched the video, but normally cars here are delivered with two cables, a Type 2 to Type 2 and a Type 2 to Schuko with a control box; are both cables missing on this car? That would be serious, but at least both types are widely available at any decent EV supply store.

If they’re widely available (which they are), how come Tesla couldn’t supply one?

Because somebody forgot to order them. They are sill humans and sometimes make mistakes. No big deal.

Some dude at the order desk forgot that Euro deliveries need cables.

If your commute is less than 35 to 40 miles that is the only charger (120v) most people will ever need. We just sold our 2012 LEAF with 50k miles and 12 bars to a little old Cat Lady. She only drives 10 miles to the vet or grocery store. She will never buy gasoline for as long as she lives. And the LEAF is one of the most reliable cars ever made too. We set it up for her to only charge to 80%.

If you get the Model 3 you will probably want a level 2 charger, I would recommend a 14-50 outlet, actually 2 of them if you have enough electrical service.

You do realize that a 110 volt charge outputs the same number of miles per hour whether you have a Leaf, Model 3, or Tesla semi? A big battery just means that it can hold more.

As to needing two outlets. Why?

Re: No supplied charging cable — So it is a charge at home problem then? Obviously, the superchargers have cables (and he must be getting free charging there). Other option is 3rd party CCS 2 charging I guess since that is an option on non-USA Model 3s.

CCS/combo is the only option, there is no Tesla plug on it any longer.

They’ve always had the standard EU connector (their version of J1772)

Exactly. Type 2, aka Mennekes connector.

Who is this Mennekes guy and how did he get a charge plug named after him?

Most home charging points come with cables attached. If not, a standard Type 2/Type 2 connector is available just about anywhere.

All cars are delivered with charging cable. What is delayed is the supplementary type2-cable need at some inner-city charging-poles.

Does the Adaptive Cruise Control cost 4000€ in Europe also?

Fair question. I don’t understand the down votes. I am interested in the price differential, if any, between US and Euro Autopilot / Full Self Drive (if offered) options.

> Wait … a new electric car and no charging cable! Perhaps Tesla shouldn’t be able to deliver these cars until the cables become available?

I certainly wouln’t accept delivery without one.

As noted, the car comes with a mobile charging station, just not the cord needed for Euro third party charging stations.

No cables is certainly a problem… I guess this is a unique pain stemming from the fact that whereas the Model 3 in North America uses the same cable that the S and X do, the Model 3 in Europe is using a cable that’s new to Tesla…

I’m guessing this is where European delivery issues are coming from. Probably a decent portion of people who are unwilling to accept delivery without the cable, even if Tesla is offering to cover charging in the meantime.

You can still use the included portable charging station at home.

Excellent news, I hope they sell millions of them. Make sure those incentives are applied to your loan amounts and don’t be tempted to take a vacation to France with those rebates. You will love your cars. Be sure to set up a 20-80% charging regimen so your Model 3 last a lifetime. Save those 100% charges for trips to Granny’s house. If the range is not double your daily commute it might still work out just fine if your willing to adapt and change your lifestyle a little. If you are a recycler then you should have no problems adapting some. ENJOY IF you have to charge 100% daily to get to your destination and back be sure to set up your timer so your EV finishes charging shortly before you leave, you do not want your car sitting at 100% charge every night for 6 to 8 hours. This can help your battery last a lifetime.

Nobody ever accused Tesla of being professional. Get your own chargers via Amazon.

You don’t understand. The mobile charging connector is included with the car. What is missing is the cable for charging at third party charging stations in Europe. As opposed to the U.S., charging stations in Europe require you to bring your own cable.

No charging cable? Yeah, that’s an issue. Would I buy an ICE vehicle where I can’t open the gas cap?

I want a US CCS to Tesla charge cable. I have a CHAdeMO to Tesla from my model S but it won’t communicate with the model 3. It’s always handy to have every adapter with you just in case. I let a few borrow it for trips in Canada. With all the new Electrify America site the CCS could be handy.