Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have been known to offer ambitious timelines for the rollout of its products, with schedules changing frequently at random times.
On Tuesday, @Tesla_Adri pointed out Tesla’s European Model Y configurator changed its description from “production is scheduled to start mid-2021,” to “deliveries expected end of 2021.”
One person noted that the update does not necessarily mean that Tesla is delaying production start, but that the update could also mean that the company has sold out of its first batches.
Tesla let customers place Model Y orders back in 2020. The website stated production was slated to start in early 2021. It then changed to mention production in mid-2021, and now it’s saying deliveries are slated for late 2021.
It’s unclear if these Model Y deliveries would be imported from the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, or if Giga Berlin would be up and running in time.
Little change in the european Model Y Konfigurator.
It previously said: "production is scheduled to start mid 2021".
Now it says "deliveries expected end of 2021"@WholeMarsBlog@DriveTeslaca @raffaeru pic.twitter.com/VaY0QyStYg
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) April 27, 2021
Whatever the reason for the change, Tesla could still face increased delays at Gigafactory Berlin, according to a German Minister earlier this month.
While the company’s construction at the Gründheide factory already faced delays through the winter, due to hibernating snakes in the deforestation area, and a €100 million unpaid security deposit, the most recent delay could also be related to the change in the Model Y configurator’s description.
Following the Minister’s announcement, Tesla slammed Germany’s approval process at Gigafactory Berlin, writing in a letter that the government’s current approval systems and spatial planning processes “directly contradict the urgency to plan and realize such projects that is necessary to battle climate change.”
During yesterday’s Q1 earnings report, Tesla said it believes Model Y could become the top-selling vehicle worldwide, possibly attainable in either 2022 or 2023, according to Elon Musk. During the first quarter, the Model 3 was the best-selling premium sedan in the world, pointed out Tesla.
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