Tesla has been forced to extend wait times for new models in Germany after the company announced a series of price cuts across its range.
Prices of the entry-level Model Y were slashed by some 17 per cent last week, while prices of the Long Range and Performance variants were cut by 4 per cent and 1 per cent respectively. After these cuts, Tesla has revealed that the delivery window for base models is now between February-March while it was previously January-March.
Expected deliveries of the Long Range and Performance versions remain in the January-March period.
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While speaking about the issue during a podium discussion arranged by the German union IG Metall, Brandenburg’s Economy Minister Joerg Steinbach said that the electric automaker should accelerate production to cut customer waiting times. Output “has to grow up a bit more,” he said.
Auto News Europe reports that Tesla’s Germany factory is adding between 200 and 300 people each week to its workforce. This comes despite Steinbach revealing that a number of other companies in the region are struggling to find talent.
Tesla has cut prices in many of its most important markets, including China, Europe, and North America. Price cuts have been particularly dramatic in the U.S., so much so that the entry-level Model Y can now be picked up for $52,990 compared to the $65,990 prior to the cuts. This also puts the SUV under the $55,000 tax credit cap, meaning it is eligible for a discount of $7,500. It’s hardly a surprise then that orders have spiked.