Tesla Model Y Approved for Australian Roads, Bringing it Closer to National Market Entry

Eva Fox by Eva Fox September 20, 2021

Tesla Model Y Approved for Australian Roads, Bringing it Closer to National Market Entry

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Tesla Model Y is set to hit the roads of Australia soon and will be the manufacturer's fourth model in the local market. The electric compact SUV was recently approved for sale by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications in Australia.

According to techAU, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has registered three variants of Tesla Model Y to enter the country's roads. For now, the manufacturer's compact SUV is the only model that has yet to arrive in Australia. However, once it is registered, it's safe to say Model Y is on its way.

Tesla Model Y is now approved under the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA). According to the documents, three Model Y variants were approved for sale: Standard Range, Long Range, and Performance. All variants are equipped as a five-seater, which means that those wishing to get a seven-seater will have to wait longer, as has been the case in other markets.

Battery capacity:
Standard Range: 173Ah
Long Range: 230Ah
Performance: 230Ah

Tow ratings:
Maximum towing mass (braked trailer) - 1600kg
Maximum towing mass (non-braked trailer) - 750kg

The approval was issued on September 15, which means Tesla should soon launch an online order configurator for Model Y. While there is currently no data on the country of production for the compact electric SUVs slated for Australia, they are expected to be produced at Giga Shanghai, China. Currently, all Model 3s and Ys made in the USA are sold in North America, while cars made in China are shipped worldwide.

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