Three years after its international reveal, the world’s best-selling electric SUV may have been delayed for the second time in Australia.
Australian deliveries of the Tesla Model Y may have been pushed back for a second time as the brand’s factories in China reportedly shut down amid the latest COVID outbreak.
However, according to Reuters the Shanghai production plant that makes Australian cars has since been forced to apply the brakes due to supply shortages triggered by new lockdowns.
A leaked internal memo allegedly shows that Tesla currently only has the capacity to build 200 cars a day and did not export any vehicles from China last month.
For reference, in March 2022, the company claimed to have built 65,814 cars in Shanghai, representing a monthly decline of more than 90%.
It remains unclear when the Tesla Model Y will go on sale in Australia, or if the previously announced entry-level price of $67,990 before on-road costs will be retained.
Tesla in Australia has been contacted to comment on the delays, and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.