Tesla Model 3 and Model Y buyers in Australia in for an excruciating 12 month delivery period; 107,293 cars recalled in China due to overheating touchscreens
Tesla is warning customers in Australia that their new orders can take up to 12 months to get delivered. Australian publication The Driven reports that customers in that country who have placed orders for a Tesla Model 3 in the last six months will not be getting their deliveries until the second half of 2022.
The delay in delivery is being attributed to the lockdown in Shanghai since March this year. According to the report, Giga Shanghai, also known as Tesla Gigafactory 3, made 10,757 cars after restarting production on April 19. In April, the factory could only produce 4,233 Model 3 cars — less than half its daily production rate before the lockdown began. A good majority of these Model 3 vehicles are left-hand drives meant for the European market.
The lockdowns have affected Tesla's suppliers as well, which means resumption of production of at least 2,000 cars per day may take the whole of May. This will also impact availability of Model Y SUVs as well given that Model Y cars are in particularly high demand in the Chinese market.
Tesla recalls 107,293 Chinese Model 3 and Model Y vehicles
Compounding the existing supply problem are reports of malfunctioning touchscreens due to overheating. We reported a few days ago about the Chinese Consumer Association probing an incident of touchscreen malfunction in a Tesla Model 3 car.
Now, according to a Reuters report, the country's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has confirmed that Tesla is recalling 107,293 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles made in China due to overheating issues that cause the center touchscreen display to malfunction. The Chinese market regulatory agency feels that overheating touchscreens can lead to other malfunctions including windshield settings and gear displays.
The company recently had to recall 130,000 Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X vehicles in the United States due to overheating AMD Ryzen processors