First Tesla Model 3’s hit NZ, Aussie shores


18 months after its initial launch, (and a lot sooner than some other countries) New Zealand has received its first batch of Tesla Model 3’s with Australia’s deliveries expected in Sydney by Friday.

The news follows the launch of a right-hand-drive version of the car in England, during the first quarter of 2019, and orders were opened for buyers “down-under” in May, according to EV site Elektrek.

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Based on the Tesla configurator, the least expensive version of the car started at $70,370 AUD (approximately US$48,600), including local charges.

Cost-wise, it’s dearer than in the US to the tune of $10,000, but that’s not unusual for vehicles imported into Australia.

Pricing makes it just a touch more expensive than the BMW 3-Series, which is seen as one of the biggest competitors to Model 3 in the luxury vehicle segment.

A Tesla Motors Club (TMC) thread showed hundreds of buyers have been tracking a cargo vessel loaded with the first Model 3 vehicles for customers, some of which have been waiting for three-years for their order.

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