Reports have emerged from the Tesla community that Model Y orders have been opened in Taiwan. Interestingly, the all-electric crossover will reportedly be imported from Gigafactory Berlin.
The post about Model Y orders in Taiwan was shared on Twitter by the founder of Tesla Owners Taiwan Michael Soo, a seasoned electric vehicle owner looking to complete Tesla’s S3XY lineup in his garage. The longtime Tesla driver was reportedly informed that Model Y units imported to Taiwan would be made in Germany, and would be equipped with CCS2 charging plugs.
The first deliveries of the all-electric crossover are expected to begin around the fourth quarter of 2022. Two variants of the Model Y are offered in the country: the Model Y Long Range, which costs NTD 2,299,900 (approximately $72,200), and the Model Y Performance, which costs NTD 2,599,900 (approximately $81,700).
While it may seem odd enough that Taiwan would get its Model Y from Giga Berlin rather than the much closer Gigafactory Shanghai, the geopolitics between Taiwan and China has resulted in carmakers like Tesla opting for a workaround. For example, due to restrictions on the export and import of cars between China and Taiwan, the country has instead received its Model 3 sedan from the Fremont factory.
As noted by longtime industry watcher Troy TeslikeThe Model Y import from Germany could be the start of a major change in Tesla’s export strategy for countries such as South Korea, which impose import duties on vehicles from China. It will come as no surprise, then, that even countries like South Korea receive Tesla from the Gigafactory Berlin instead of the Fremont factory in the United States in the future.
With Giga Berlin’s Fremont factory taking care of exports, the California-based electric car plant may have some breathing room. This bodes well for Tesla, especially considering that the Fremont factory is already, as previously mentioned by Elon Musk, jammed into the gills. Tesla has also expressed its intentions to upgrade the Fremont factory, so letting Giga Berlin take care of exports should help the EV maker focus a bit more on optimizing its California plant.
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