Tesla wait times blow out to seven months in Australia

A Model 3 sedan ordered today could now take until September to reach local shores, while the Model X, Model S, Cybertruck, and Roadster have been placed on indefinite hold.

Electric vehicle specialist Tesla is facing new supply constraints in Australia, with local wait times blowing out to between “five and seven months.”

The Chinese-built Tesla Model 3 – available in base ($59,900 plus on-road costs), Long Range AWD ($73,200 plus on-road costs), and Performance AWD ($86,472 plus on-road costs, or $84,900 without Luxury Car Tax) guises – is currently the marque’s only vehicle on sale Down Under.

As recently as October last year wait times were quoted at just “one to three weeks” for the zero tailpipe emission sedan, however this crept up to “eight to 12 weeks” less than one month later.

On the recently-revised “five to seven month” timeline (and assuming no further delays), a Model 3 ordered today would likely arrive between July and September 2022.

It’s unclear what has caused the setbacks, or if Tesla expects local supply to worsen further this year. A spokesperson for the manufacturer did not comment when approached by Drive for further information.

Meanwhile, the flagship Model S sedan and Model X SUV – which were previously said to be on track for delivery by “late 2022” – no longer have an estimated arrival date, with Tesla now claiming specifications and configurations for pre-ordered vehicles will be finalised at an undetermined date.

The manufacturer also says its Cybertruck pick-up and Roadster sports car are destined for local roads, however neither model has gone into production anywhere in the world as of publishing, and no delivery timeline for this market has ever been published – though overseas launches are reportedly due in 2023.

The Tesla Model Y – an SUV sharing many of the Model 3’s parts – was originally tipped for local sale in November last year, however following several delays, is now expected to arrive in Australian showrooms later this year.

Despite originally claiming it has sold a record 15,054 vehicles during 2021 in Australia, Tesla subsequently revised the figure to 12,094 (similar to the 12,058 listed in registration data). This was still enough to make it the best-selling electric car maker in Australia by a significant margin.

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