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First RHD Model 3 electric cars spotted in Australia, but some buyers may
have to wait
July 18, 2019  Giles Parkinson



The first right hand drive Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles have arrived in
Australia, according to posts by Tesla spies and enthusiasts on social
media, but it seems inevitable that some – even many – buyers will have to
wait some more before picking up their long awaited EV.

According to posts on social media, the first batch of 12 Model 3s has
arrived in Sydney, and are at Tesla’s service centre in Alexandria. Another
poster said he saw only 4 RHD Model 3s at the centre.

These included a red performance model, with black interior, a grey
“(looking great)” performance, white interior, a blue standard range plus
with black interior, and another at the back the poster could not see.

There is speculation that these Model 3s could be targeted for media test
drives in the lead up to the first deliveries.

Those first deliveries, some three years after the Model 3 was first
unveiled and attracted a global waiting list of nearly half a million, are
slated for some time in August.

But Tesla has been tight-lipped about the numbers of reservations in
Australia, or where customers are in the order for the deliveries. There has
been speculation in social media that a “boatload of 600” Model 3 could be
on its way.

But there’s no way of telling, or knowing if that would be enough to fulfil
current orders. Whatever the size of the first boatload, there is sure to be
some still waiting.

According to one post on a Tesla Model 3 enthusiasts page, some consumers
are already being warned by the company that the first shipment will not be
enough to fulfil all orders in August.

That would fit in with what occurred in the UK, where some 150 Model 3s
arrived for the first delivery, with another 4,000 or so estimated
reservation holders having to wait for the next boatload. Port spies believe
at least one boatload is on the way to the UK.

The Model 3 was promised as the first “mass-market” electric vehicle. But
while the price (starting at $US39,000 in the US and $A66,000 in Australia)
does not meet that category, its sales have been stunningly successful.

It has become the best-selling EV in the US market, and the best selling
premium sedan, petrol and diesel cars included. It has led to a boom in
sales in European countries, particularly Norway, as well as picking up a
slew of awards over its safety and overall performance.
[© thedriven.io]

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