People Are Already Lining Up To Buy Tesla's Unannounced Model 3 In Australia

Tesla's newest and most affordable electric car is set to be unveiled this Friday, but confident buyers will be able to secure their place in line for pre-orders from Thursday morning. And there's already a queue.

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Andreas Stephens set up his camping chair outside Tesla Motors' Artarmon showroom this morning, marking his place as the first in line — 48 hours ahead of pre-orders opening at 8am Thursday. Speaking to EFTM, Andreas said he doesn't even own a garage, but has two years to build one ahead of the Model 3's likely Australian delivery date of 2018. He's going to be the first person in Australia to put down $1500 to secure an early Model 3 delivery, and it'll likely be a massive upgrade from his current Toyota Corolla, but Stephens doesn't know much about the car beyond its expected price tag of $65,000.

Nobody does, actually. Tesla is holding an event in California to introduce the Model 3 — you can watch it along with us at 2:30PM on April 1 — and that's where more details about the car, including everything from its design to its battery and electric motor specifications and the details of its price and release date, will be announced. On the back of their experiences with Tesla's Model S and the brand's alluring vision of a petrol-free future, there are likely to be more than a few more people — including a couple of members of Australia's technology and motoring press — in the line come Thursday morning.

On Friday afternoon, we'll bring you all the news of the new Tesla Model 3 as it's announced — so stay tuned. Here's a quick overview of what we already know (or can reasonably expect) about the Model 3, according to various tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk and leaks from within the company itself:

  • It'll be a four-door sedan, approximately 20 to 25 per cent smaller than the Model S
  • It'll (likely) have over 200 miles of electric battery range, versus the Model S' 270 miles
  • It'll cost approximately US$35,000 "before incentives", or "£30,000 or less” in the UK — we expect AU$65,000 plus after Australian delivery, compliance and currency conversion
  • It'll (likely) have advanced autopilot and self-driving hardware built in like the Model S and X
  • It'll (likely) lack some of the Model S' advanced in-car entertainment features, like the big touchscreen — but Tesla says you'll be "surprised" by the level of tech inside
  • It'll use an entirely new chassis platform and battery architecture, with cells from the Gigafactory
  • It'll be built more economically, using more steel than aluminium and simpler, faster construction methods, and this is the primary reason for its lower cost versus Model S and X



    $65k! It's half the price of the Model S in the US, so given that terrible equation, I price it at ~$52k. Where did I go wrong (is it the luxury car tax)?

    And when is the government going to start providing some tax relief for green vehicles like electric and hydrogen powered vehicles (Cars, bikes, scooters, taxis, buses etc)???

    Last edited 29/03/16 3:12 pm

      No, it is well below the LCT threshold. You can't expect them to use today's exchange rate, so factor in at least a 10% buffer for that, which takes you up to about $56k. There is also the cost of shipping the cars here, which is about five grand, and the 5% import duty which is another $1750 or so. So that puts it well over $60k without Tesla making a penny more on a car here than in the US.

        Wrong. The Tesla Model S, X and 3 are all made in the USA. A country which we have free trade agreements with. Therefore there is no 5% import duty.

        Tesla Model S 70 RWD = ~$123,000 in Australia (Includes $11,000 LCT)
        Telsa Model S 70 RWD = ~$70,000 in USA ($93,000 Australian)

        So when excluding LCT, the price difference between Australia and USA is nearly $20,000 Australia Tax!!!!

        If we use the same logic with the Model 3:

        Telsa Model 3 Base Model = $35,000 = ~$46,000 Australian. Throw on the same $20,000 Australia Tax and its up at the ~$65K asking price that Gizmodo is reporting.

        $35000 = $46550 AUD then no import duty applies if it comes from the USA.
        import costs are about $1000 not $5000 are you crazy $5000 i could import 5-6 containers.
        add customs and GST about $6000. Im not sure if there is any AUS compliance plate costs and im not sure if the $35000 US price already includes US GST which would be subtracted if that was the case. Tesla have been charging the Model x %5 more in Europe and the UK after all import costs. so we con expect the same rip off. Then add onroad costs. and you are at $55000-$60000 on the road. not more However when you look at the basic Model S at the moment it is selling for more than $10000 after all costs. I think it is currency fluctuation protection margin.

      I doubt the Turnbull government will be funding any tax breaks for green vehicles.

      Wind farms are just an eyesore, funding renewable energy is a waste, putting a price on carbon is suicidal, and coal is good for humanity.

      Your forgetting petrol vehicles generate the government $0.38 per litre.

      So Electric cars generate around $1 tax per 100km, Petrol cars generate around $3-4 tax per 100km.

      According to - The cheapest model S in AUD is about $145K, making my estimate closer to $75K. Pretty pricey for teslas 'affordable' car. I'll put that in the 'things I will never be able to afford whilst living in australia' pile

        the cheapest model S (70) is $128700 on the road drive away not $145k.

        also the AUS model s price is at a %10 premium at the moment. not fair!!!!

        Last edited 29/03/16 9:35 pm

    you will have to vote for a different gov if you want those rebates Vumnoo

    Dont forget that Telsa charges Australian's about a $20,000 'Australia Tax' on all the Model S's they sell here.

    Take a look at the Model S price in USA.
    Take a look at the Model S price in Australia.
    Make sure you exclude tax's like Stamp Duty and Luxuary Car Tax to make it fair.

    You will notice a $20,000 extra thrown onto Australian buyers even when all the taxes are removed and you are comparing like for like.

    Gizmodo's pricing is pretty much spot on if you factor in that Tesla will no doubt charge the same Australia Tax on its buyers here again.

    2018 seems convenient for the new proposed import changes, might be cheaper

    Sure wish I was a rich spoiled brat able to spend that much on a new car.

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