Tesla Model Y Performance deliveries will begin soon, the EV maker’s Shanghai-based arm said via its Weibo account on Tuesday.
The first China-made Model Ys were delivered to drivers in January, and although it seems both the Long Range and Performance variants were available to order (according to Inside EVs), other reports suggest that Performance orders were not being delivered at that time.
A recent sighting of a blue Model Y at Giga Shanghai, Tesla’s electric car factory, suggested that Performance variants were now rolling off the assembly line ahead of first customer deliveries.
— Jay in Shanghai 🇨🇳 (@JayinShanghai) October 29, 2021
Now it would seem this has been confirmed by Tesla China. “Welcome new owners to the Tesla family and join us in accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” Tesla said, it was reported by CNEV Post.
According to Tesla’s website, the Model Y Performance costs RMB 387,900 ($A83,995 converted) in China, which is RMB 111,900 more than the entry-level Model Y.
The vehicle accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.7 seconds, has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour, and a NEDC range of 566 kilometres.
Tesla sold out of the entry-level Model Y’s available capacity in China earlier this month, and new orders won’t be delivered now until early 2022.
An Australian launch of the Model Y was expected by the end of 2021, but it now seems clear the electric crossover’s local arrival has been delayed until 2022.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.