Tesla has officially started Model Y deliveries in Türkiye. The automaker first started taking orders for the electric SUV in Türkiye just last month, more than a year after there were signs the company was finally going to expand into the country.
The start of deliveries was announced by the Tesla Europe Twitter account on Monday, showing one of the first deliveries was of a Model Y built at Giga Berlin finished in the new Quicksilver paint.
First Model Y deliveries in Türkiye pic.twitter.com/2ojoUUggHt
— Tesla Europe (@teslaeurope) May 8, 2023
Tesla’s venture into Türkiye started with CEO Elon Musk’s first visit to the country back in 2017 to meet with President Erdogan. In December 2021, the two held a video conference to discuss the potential involvement of Tesla and SpaceX in Turkish projects. Shortly after, Kemel Gecer was appointed as CEO of Tesla Motorlari, the company’s Turkish subsidiary. This sparked speculation that Tesla sales could be launched in the country in 2022.
However, 2022 came and went without an official launch, leaving many wondering about the company’s plans for Türkiye. Speculation ramped up again with the local government granting Tesla a license to operate its Supercharger network in the country back in March.
The Model Y could quickly become a best seller in Türkiye as the electric SUV is competitively priced and the government offers incentives to encourage EV adoption. Tesla offers all three variants of the Model Y at the following prices:
- Model Y Rear-Wheel Drive – ₺1,548,732 ($108,000 CAD/$80,000 USD)
- Model Y Long Range – ₺1,619,532 ($$113,000 CAD/$84,300 USD)
- Model Y Performance – ₺1,778,821 ($124,000 CAD/$92,600 USD)