MIC Tesla Model Y arrives in Norway; customer deliveries to commence soon
As Tesla’s German Gigafactory is still waiting to start production, the American electric car maker has started shipping made-in-China (MIC) Model Y compact crossover utility vehicle to European markets. The first shipment of MIC Tesla Model Y recently arrived in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. The first shipment arrived Oslo onboard the Glovis Supreme -- one of three ships carrying the eagerly-awaited EV to European markets.
According to available information, a total of 1,300 Model Y EVs have reached Oslo. Deliveries to customers or pre-order holders are expected to commence soon.
The Norsk elbilforening, a Norwegian EV association representing more than 60.000 EV owners in the country, claims that the first batch of Tesla Y EVs could be delivered to customers as early as Tuesday this week.
The MIC Tesla Model Y EVs have also reached multiple other markets of the Europe. Last month, the company exported nearly 8,210 units of the fully-electric car to European markets.
The EV giant decided to export MIC Model Y EVs to Norway and other European markets because the local production in Germany kept suffered delays due to various reasons.
Tesla’s mega manufacturing plant in Germany, known as Gigafactory Berlin, has been under construction for a long time but it has thus far failed to start production due lack of various required approvals from local authorities. Tesla had plans to start production of the Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin in July, but it continues to suffer repeated delays because some locals and environment activists keep on opposing the project. In a recent statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that production of the Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin could start by the end of 2021.
The manufacturer has also confirmed that MIC Model Y compact crossover electric cars have also reached Hong Kong—a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
The SUV-styled 2021 Tesla Model Y offers additional cargo space, an optional third row of seats, and powerful dual on-board electric motors. The base Standard Range model comes with rear-wheel drive (RWD), while the Long Range and Performance models come with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard. Driving range is excellent at 326 miles per charge, while zero-to-60 mph acceleration has been pegged at just 4.4 seconds. The interior is largely free of conventional buttons as it relies mostly on a massive infotainment display centered on an uncomplicated dashboard.