Despite some hurdles, Tesla Inc. delivered the first Model 3 sedans to Europe on Wednesday, with some buyers approaching buyers who had reservations for almost three years.
The blog Electrek reported a handful of cars were delivered Wednesday after a cargo ship from California docked at a port in Belgium. Some buyers were reportedly told to pick up their cars and later be told to wait until another day.
Tesla boss Elon Musk admitted in a tweet on Wednesday to the "unexpected challenges". "Cars will drive out in large numbers tomorrow," he said.
Sorry, many unexpected challenges with cars coming through Zeebrugge for the first time. Cars will start to move in volume tomorrow.
̵1; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2019
had nearly 14,000 Model 3 orders in Europe in January, Electrek reported, with most orders being for Norway and Germany. The blog said Tesla is expected to deliver about 3,000 Model 3 limousines per week in the coming months.
In a letter to employees last month, Musk pointed out that delivering high-quality Model 3 variants to Europe and Asia will be crucial to achieving profitability. In this letter, Musk said mid-to-mid-model 3 cars should be delivered to all markets by mid-May.
Tesla also plans to build a giant lithium-ion battery factory in Europe, possibly in Germany.
The launch of European shipments coincided with a price cut in the US as Tesla lost $ 1,100 over the price of the US $ 3 to offset past federal tax credits.
The Tesla share fell by around 5% last year, compared to a plus of 1.3% for the S & P 500
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