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European assembly / delivery

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by PascalNL, Sep 18, 2017.

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  1. PascalNL

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    Don't know if this has been posted elsewhere already.

    There is a M3 registered on Dutch plates and driving around in the Netherlands in the neighborhood of the plant where also other Tesla's for the European market are being assembled. I guess this means Tesla is also working on an assembly line for the M3. I hope this means The Netherlands may be getting the M3 before other overseas countries...

    Oh, and it's not photoshopped or anything since you can lookup the registration on rdw.nl (the Dutch DMV). It was registered on August 31st.

    In Dutch:
    Eerste Tesla Model 3 in Nederland gespot | Autonieuws - AutoWeek.nl
     
  2. BioSehnsucht

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    IIRC that plant is only used for EU countries, other non-EU European countries they can direct ship finished products. The plant basically just sticks the wheels and powertrain into a mostly finished chassis, to avoid import taxes by being "built" in EU.

    Realistically, I'd expect them to build a GF for Model 3 (and it's batteries) somewhere in Europe in the next few years but they likely will build and ship cars from Fremont at first unless they can build the factory in the next year or faster...
     
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  3. KarenRei

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    The one thing I want most to see from the EU version is the charge port. Are they still sticking with their variant of Type 2, have they moved to Combo, or is there something else going on?

    Beyond that, I mainly just want to know how delivery is going to play out in Europe.
     
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    At a minimum they would keep their modified Type 2. If they go to also having Type 2 Combo, I am sure they'll keep the Type 2 non-combo portion the same as existing Teslas (i.e. their modified Type 2) so that existing supercharger infrastructure can be used. For Type 2 combo regions this is easy to have both in one port...

    For Type 1 Combo regions it's not possible to have both without having them separate. There might be just enough room in Model 3's charging area to shoe-horn in both Tesla Proprietary connector and Type 1 Combo, but it's probably a tight fit if so, and so far we've only seen regular Tesla Proprietary connector on cars delivered thus far (though it's not impossible that they'll announce an S/X refresh that gains Type 1 Combo plus Tesla, and then 3's from there on also have that feature, and just retrofit the handful that have been delivered).
     
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    The car in the picture appears to have a rear fog light in the center of the bumper. Hard to see if it is indeed a fog light and whether it is a temporary solution or not.
     
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    Rear Fog lights are a legal requirement in Germany, and I suppose in the rest of the EU as well.
     
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    Car regulations are mostly EU wide. So something that’s required in Germany is required in the EU.

    Some exceptions might exist.
     
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    Not just the EU. We basically adopt EU regulations for everything here as well (vehicles, construction, etc), even though we're just EFTA. I assume that Norway is the same.
     

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