Just like when Tesla introduced the Standard Range (SR) Model Y in North America earlier this year, the entry-level variant is already proving extremely popular in China.
On Friday last week Tesla added the rear wheel-drive (RWD) Model Y to the Design Studio in China, pricing it below ¥300,000. As a result it qualifies for local incentives which reduce the price to ¥276,000.
That attractive price point has reportedly set off a wave of orders for the electric SUV.
According to a social media report citing a Tesla sales person, the automaker saw more than 10,000 orders on the first day the SR Model Y was available in Beijing alone. That popularity continued into the second day when another 5,000+ units were ordered in China’s capital city.
Tesla Beijing sales consultant: MIC Model Y SR orders on market entry day >10K, 2nd day >5K, 3rd day orders not out yet, but there should be a lot of them, deliveries to wait until Aug end, if made now 1 week more.
— Moneyball (@DKurac) July 12, 2021
It appears as though the rate of orders has outpaced the production output of Giga Shanghai. Tesla enthusiast @Ray4Tesla says his sources have told him delivery dates for new orders are now being pushed back to September.
The news was confirmed by another Tesla enthusiast in China, @JayinShanghai.
The boost in orders should help propel Tesla sales in China to new heights. In June a total of 11,623 Model Y vehicles were sold in the country, adding to the 21,532 Model 3s that were welcomed by new owners.