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Model 3 RHD confirmed for Mid-2018

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by ShockOnT, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. ShockOnT

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    Elon today tweeted that the RHD version of the Model 3 will be rolling out in 'summer' 2018.

    I remember the original plan being simultaneous rollout of LHD and RHD lines, but it seems Tesla has decided to keep things simple to ensure a smooth launch.

    Personally this just make me even happier I couldn't wait and got a Model S, but it must be a blow to Australian reservation holders who are waiting for the Model 3.
     
  2. garyjac

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    I don't have an M3 reserved, but I thought this was about when the M3 was due in Oz anyway? I think the main disappointment (temporarily) for reservation holders is that the first M3s might be RWD (no D models), only?
     
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    The staggered rollout of M3 always suggested no need for RHD until later. They wouldn't need to produce RHD to satisfy staff, then californian, then US/Canadian customers over the first few months.
     
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    All true. In a way the later release to Australia will probably give us access to the higher spec models from the start.
    I'll probably keep my Model S and get my wife the Model 3 with the smallest battery anyway.
     
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    What does he mean by 'summer'? Summer in Australia or Summer in USA? Wish he would use non-ambiguous terms... Like early 2018. Or mid 2018.
     
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    Autocorrect(tm) for USA seasons.
     
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    Wait, there's a southern hemisphere? That explains a lot...
     
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    Very important, stops the world from going into a vertical roll :)
     
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    I'd always assumed it was elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle.
     
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    The answer was in reply to a question from the UK - soo Summer means summer in the northern hemisphere.
     
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    The contrary theory has it that it's all on the back of a Space Whale (or something) -- Dr Who.
     
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    They might have the Roadster 2.0 ready by then Ray!!!
     
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    and it's supposed to be based on the three too. That's what my second three reservation is for; with maximum plaid and plaid colour scheme as well of course.
     
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    I've never read anything about the new roadster being based on the 3.
     
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    Me too but a MX instead of the MS.

    Looking forward to being a Tesla only family when the M3 arrives and happy Tesla may have pumped out a couple hundred thousand M3's by then to iron out the inevitable wrinkles.
     
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    Yeah its a big blow. I kinda assumed it would be a two year wait from reserving and this will make it a two year and three month wait. But even assuming that I hoped they would be able to set up their production line like other manufacturers and produce LHD and RHD vehicles on the same line.
     
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    That's a bit of a bummer given that I am moving to Australia in 2 months time. Hoped I could bridge to the Model 3 with a rented/loaned car for a few months but that is obviously not really viable anymore.

    Anybody any ideas what the best plan of action is if i need a car in australia from June 2017 until the M3 arrives (I am a day 1 or 2 reservation holder so should hopefully get it rather early in Aus)
     
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    What's your budget? Where are you going to live? What will your needs be? That's such a wide question.
     

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