Tesla Model Y Registered in Israel, as Launch Nears

The Tesla Model Y was recently registered with Israel’s Ministry of Transport — reports Calcalist (via Tesmanian). It shouldn’t be long before the all-electric compact SUV finally launches in the country.

With Model 3 deliveries kicking off back in March, the Model Y is the only one of Tesla’s offerings yet to launch in Israel. There have been reports of the Model Y landing soon in Israel since the beginning of this year, and some units arrived back in May.

An August report pegged the Model Y for an imminent launch in Israel, with marketing expected to begin in early 2022. With the Model Y gaining Ministry of Transport approval this early, we may actually see that timeline move up a bit.

The first Model Y registered with the Israeli Ministry of Transport is a 2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range manufactured at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, China. The bulk of Tesla EVs imported to Israel, including the Model 3, come from Giga Shanghai.

According to a recent report, Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory is currently producing 1,000 Model Y units per day. The facility’s output is playing a major role in both dealing with the company’s backlog of Model Y orders, and getting units to emerging markets like Israel.