Tesla has only delivered a handful of Model 3 units outside the United States but it’s yet to properly begin international delivery of its first mass-market electric car. The company had previously said that it would begin international delivery in the second half of this year but CEO Elon Musk has now revealed that the left-hand drive Model 3 variants will be launched in Asia and Europe next year.
Tesla had originally planned the international delivery of the Model 3 in the second half of this year but now it will not be able to meet the target.
The wait is going to be even longer for potential customers in markets like the United Kingdom where the company will have to deliver the right-hand drive variants. Musk says that those customers should expect to receive their cars “probably” by mid-2019.
The fact that Tesla is pushing the international delivery forward isn’t going to surprise anyone given the company’s efforts to overcome the production challenges that the Model 3 has presented over the past year. The company had planned to produce 5,000 units of the Model 3 by the end of last year and it’s only just achieving that aim.
Tesla customers across the globe who are waiting for their Model 3 will certainly be keeping their fingers crossed that the company doesn’t delay the launch for their markets any further.