The official confirmation arrives: the Standard Range Plus ready for delivery, until the end of the year, will arrive from Shanghai, without the new features just introduced.
Confirmation arrives today to an indiscretion leaked from France, of which we had reported in recent days. Tesla confirms that the Model 3 Standard Range Plus ready for delivery in the European market and will arrive from the Chinese plant, by the end of 2020. In February 2021, instead, it will switch to the newly unveiled restyling version.
Those who are in a hurry to receive their Model 3 can therefore choose one of those produced in Shanghai, which will be the same as those marketed up to now, that is, with chrome plating, without an electric tailgate, first-generation central console, and without a heat pump. In exchange, customers will have a 2,000 euro discount on the normal list price, which will therefore start at 47,500 euros.
At the time of writing, there are no cars in inventory, but Tesla’s often-used ship, the Glovis Captain, has been spotted in China, and may therefore soon be carrying a cargo of cars to the continent.
Tesla’s move has several facets. On the one hand, it will test the propensity of European customers to accept a vehicle produced in China instead of California, and on the other hand, it will allow maximizing the productivity of the Chinese Gigafactory, to aim for yet another quarterly record. The question remains about the technology that these Model 3s will mount: will they already be the new type with LFP batteries or the usual NCMs produced by LG Chem?