First Model 3 units have arrived in China and Dubai months ahead of planned launch
In a recent report, Electrek has revealed that during the past few days, the first units of Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle have arrived in China and Dubai. The report is noteworthy because the official launch of Model 3 in China and the United Arab Emirates was scheduled for 2019.
According to the report, first Model 3 unit in China appeared stock; whereas the first Model 3 unit in Dubai has undergone a few modifications as per the request of its owner.
The report about the arrival of the first Model 3 electric vehicles in China and Dubai came close on the heels of a last-week report that the Model 3 has started showing up for sale on the gray market in Europe.
The Model 3 has been witnessing incredibly strong demand across the world, with a backlog of approximately 500,000 reservations. The official deliveries of the vehicle have been commenced by Tesla only in the US at present, with deliveries to be expanded to Canada in the near future.
However, the Model 3 has reportedly reached some new markets prior to its planned launch there. In some cases, people who have reserved Model 3 with a US address have taken the delivery of the vehicle in the US and have imported it to other countries. In other cases, Model 3 vehicles have been purchased by resellers on the used market in the US, and have been imported in Europe for potential profits.
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