Tesla is about to launch the Model 3 in Europe and it is gradually opening orders in new markets. Several more countries have been added today.
We reported earlier this month when Tesla opened the online configurator in markets like France, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, and Spain.
Now several Model 3 reservation holders in Europe are reporting that Tesla invited them to configure new orders in Germany, Denmark, Finland and Italy.
The Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor all-wheel-drive and the Model 3 Performance version are still the only two options available to order in Europe.
In Germany, the vehicles start at €55,400 and €66,100 respectively with VAT.
Tesla recently applied for the Model 3 to be eligible for Germany’s electric vehicle incentives.
The automaker is still not making the Mid-Range Model 3 with rear-wheel-drive available to order in Europe.
During the latest earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented about the timeline of the release of the Model 3 on the old continent.
He said then that Tesla planned to open the order book to reservation holders by the end of the year, which is currently happening.
Musk added that they plan to build a significant batch of Model 3 vehicles for Europe in January and he expects deliveries in February and March:
We expect to start producing a significant volume for Europe in January, and obviously take some time to ship. So deliveries, probably if we finish the deliveries in Europe kind of in the late February, March timeframe.”
In the invitations to configure, Tesla tells reservation holders that they will get delivery in February if they place their order by the end of the year.
Most people who are placing orders in Europe are doing without ever having driven the Model 3.
Last month, Tesla launched a Model 3 display fleet in Europe to give customers a look at the car. But the company has yet to make a fleet available for test drives except for them surprising a few European owners for a promotional video.
The launch of Model 3 in Europe will also be the debut of Tesla using the CCS standard.
We reported earlier this month on Tesla starting to install new dual connectors with a CCS plug at Supercharger stations in preparation for the arrival of the Model 3.