Tesla may stop taking new orders because of unreasonable delivery times

We suspected it, some models show more than a year of waiting between the order and the delivery of your new car. Elon Musk has just mentioned this hypothesis which seems more and more real.

Tesla Model 3 // Source: Unsplash

If you want to order a Model 3 Propulsion, the one we recently tested, the first price is displayed with a delivery date between April and June 2023. Yes, you read that right… more than a year of waiting. It is better to go for the Model Y which offers much shorter lead times thanks, among other things, to the opening of the Berlin factory.

More than a year of waiting, it’s too much

Nevertheless, a year of waiting is a long time… very long. It is for this reason that Elon Musk has said that Tesla may stop taking orders on certain models of its electric vehicles.

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Tesla Model 3 Rear-wheel Drive (2022)

These very long delivery times can be explained by several reasons. First, the global shortage of components is a reality, it puts production lines in difficulty. This shortage is caused by the pandemic, but also the war in Ukraine. But there’s also a rush into electric cars as the technology gains momentum – both naturally, as they become more commonplace, and, more directly, because of the rising price of gasoline.

Tesla has raised prices sharply on some of its models, particularly the entry-level Model 3 Propulsion, but as Elon Musk points out… that hasn’t reduced demand.

Demand now exceeds production to a ridiculous degree. We will in fact probably limit or simply stop taking orders beyond a certain period, because part of the timeframe (for delivery of new orders) is over a year.

In our opinion, it is very likely that this is the Model 3 Propulsion which is the first vehicle withdrawn from sale in Europe. The vehicles of this model that we receive all come, for the moment, from the Shanghai factory.

The Model Y is Tesla’s priority in Europe, at least in 2023. Between the design on European soil and the displayed availability of the model on the Tesla configurator, there is no shadow of a doubt. If the Model 3 is still for sale, it is certainly the Model 3 Performance that will continue to be soldthe latter can still be delivered in 2022… it also offers the biggest margin to the American brand.


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