Tesla Model 3 Wait Times in China Increase Up to 20 Weeks

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It’s no surprise that Tesla is dominating the world’s largest auto market, but for some customers, high demand and delivery wait times have been trying.

Tesla’s Model 3 demand in China is causing extra-long delivery times, with some estimated delivery timelines ranging out as far as 16-20 weeks from now, according to CNEVPost.

Previously, delivery timelines showed 12-16 week delivery times for the Model 3 and Model 3 Performance, representing an increased timespan of 4 weeks.

This means that, if ordered now, some Model 3 customers would still have to wait until the end of June to take delivery.

The Tesla Model Y delivery timeline has actually been decreased by 2 weeks, now showing deliveries taking 10-14 weeks.

In January, Tesla sold 59,845 vehicles made at its Shanghai factory, which accounted for 40,499 exported units and 19,346 sold in China, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

In September, the Shanghai-made Tesla Model Y was so popular it caused registration backups in cities across China after it was first introduced.

Still, with Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin gaining conditional approval for commercial deliveries on Friday, the Shanghai factory could be freed up in the months to come to help meet demand.

Gigafactory Berlin is targeting a production output of 1,000 cars per week by April, which effectively represents 1,000 units per week that the Shanghai factory can export to non-European locations or to customers within China.

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