Tesla gears up to bring its Model 3 to the UK and Europe: Elon Musk’s electric car maker may deliver from February
- US electric car maker is finally preparing launch of Model 3 in Europe and UK
- First UK deliveries of the BMW 3 Series rival expected in mid-2019
- Car costs about £40,000 in the US, but UK prices not yet confirmed
Elon Musk’s Tesla is turning its attention to Europe as the electric car maker prepares to launch its smaller car outside the US.
The first deliveries of Model 3s to customers are expected in February and March.
UK customers are expected to get their vehicles by mid-2019, and earlier this month Tesla put it on display in showrooms in London and Manchester, where enthusiastic customers queued up to get a glimpse.
The first deliveries of Tesla Model 3s to European customers are expected in February and March
The push into Europe comes as tax credits for Tesla’s cars in the US are winding down.
In contrast, many European countries, including the UK, are still offering discounts worth thousands of pounds to customers who buy electric vehicles.
And as American tax benefits fall away, possibly slowing demand in the US, Musk said that demand in Europe was likely to pick up the slack.
‘We’re excited to bring Model 3 to Europe and China early next year given that the market for mid-sized premium sedans in those regions is even larger than in North America,’ the billionaire said.
The Model 3 is expected to go head-to-head with premium luxury saloons, such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4
The base cost of a Model 3 is $35,000 in the US. Tesla has not confirmed starting prices for Europe yet but it is expected to compete with popular luxury saloons such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.
Tesla currently sells the larger Model S saloon and its SUV the Model X in the UK. It has installed a network of superchargers around the country, allowing owners to recharge their car’s battery to about 50 per cent in 20 minutes, or 80 per cent in 40 minutes.
Tesla’s entry level 75D Model S costs from £70,850 and has a claimed range of 304 miles, although this will change depending on driving conditions and is about 250 miles at 70mph. Tesla says the Model 3 has a range of 348 miles, according to the latest WLTP test cycle.
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