Tesla Model Y vehicles have arrived in Australia for customer deliveries.
Model Y VINs in Australia’s Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) system revealed that some units arrived on August 1, 2022. Most—if not all—of the Model Y units arriving in Australia are the base RWD 5-seater variant. Tesla expects to start delivering the Model Y Performance variant later this year, reported The Driven.
Model Y orders in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan started in June. When Tesla began taking Model Y reservations in Australia, the RWD unit’s price was AU$68,900 ($48,895.24). The Model Y Dual-Motor AWD variant was AU$93,900 ($66,636.62).
As of this writing, the Model Y RWD variants costs AU$72,300 ($50,687.72), and the Performance’s price is AU$96,700 ($67,793.95). Model Y delivery estimates in Australia are now between February 2023 and May 2023.
In June, the estimated delivery dates for Australia’s Model Y deliveries were between November 2022 and February 2023. However, Tesla planned to accelerate Model Y right-hand drive production because of strong demand.
Based on the recent Model Y units that arrived in Australia, Tesla successfully accelerated production. It is more impressive, considering Giga Shanghai briefly halted production in July to upgrade its assembly lines. After the upgrades, Tesla China expects to produce 1,000 to 2,000 Model 3 units daily and up to 2,200 Model Y vehicles per day.
Tesla China focused on upgrading the Model Y assembly line first, completing it by July 16. Giga Shanghai quickly started Model Y production again after the upgrades. Tesla expects to complete the upgrades to the Model 3 assembly line by August 7 and plans to restart production on August 8.