Tesla Model Ys arrive in Europe with ‘Not Model Y’ graffitied on the side

Not Model Y carrier
Image via Hugo José Pinto /Twitter

Tesla recently announced it would be exporting made-in-China Model Y vehicles from Giga Shanghai to Europe. The announcement was a shift from the company’s original plan to supply Europe with the electric SUV from their new factory, Giga Berlin.

Deliveries are expected to begin in several European countries any day now, and it appears the first units may have arrived in the Netherlands. We say may because of the extensive camouflage covering the electric SUV.

A car carrier hauling two Model Ys was spotted by Peter van Limpt early Friday. The cars were sporting some very convincing “Not Model Y” graffiti on the sides, in a clear attempt to throw anyone off their scent.

Another car carrier was spotted in Portugal by Hugo José Pinto with the same graffiti on two Model Ys, who shared the photo above on Twitter.

The unique graffiti is likely a nod to one of Elon Musk’s other endeavours, the Boring Company’s “Not A Flamethrower”. The device was actually called a flamethrower originally, but according to Musk some customs agencies would not allow shipments of anything called a ‘Flamethrower’.

To get around it, he renamed it to “Not A Flamethrower”, after also considering “Temperature Enhancement Device.”


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