In an email sent to existing reservation holders this morning, the automaker has announced a delay in the release of the flagship vehicles in markets outside of North America.
Tesla now expects to deliver them in the second half of 2022.
“As we expand production capacity, the launch dates for markets outside of North America have been postponed. We currently expect shipments outside of North America to begin in the second half of 2022,” the email stated.
The bad news didn’t end there.
Along with the delay, Tesla also announced it is no longer accepting new orders for both vehicles outside of North America.
“In order to expedite the delivery of existing orders, including your Model X order, as much as possible, we are currently no longer accepting new orders for the Model S and Model X from markets outside of North America.”
Despite the email, the Design Studio for both vehicles is still available in several European markets that Drive Tesla tested.
The decision likely stems from the company facing a huge backlog of orders for the Model S and Model X in Europe and other markets.
It was in December 2020 that Tesla shut down the production lines to retool them for the refresh design.
Even since restarting deliveries in June, they have only been limited to the U.S. and Canada, meaning there have been no deliveries of the S/X for a full year outside of North America.
With this latest delay, it could be two years until Tesla restarts deliveries in some markets.
Tesla is contacting model s/x refresh reservation holders in Europe.
The estimated delivery date has been postponed and deliveries are now expected to begin in the second half of 2022.
Tesla is not accepting new orders for model s/x at the moment outside of north America pic.twitter.com/TnzbWKvaRc
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