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Tesla will deliver a record-breaking 4,000 vehicles to Israel. The batch mainly consists of Model 3s, as well as some Model Ys.
Tesla is preparing a huge batch of cars for delivery to Israel, local publication The Globes reported. According to information from them, the batch will consist of 4,000 cars, which is an absolute record for the country. Delivery should occur before the end of this year, although it is not specified exactly in Q3 or Q4. This volume is due to the fact that Israel has planned to increase the tax on the purchase of electric vehicles, starting from January 2023. This, in turn, has led to a significant increase in demand, especially from the institutional and leasing markets.
It is reported that most of the 4,000 vehicles will be Model 3s produced at Giga Shanghai. The factory in China is Tesla's export hub, so all export markets around the world, except North America, receive the made-in-China cars. In addition, a relatively smaller number of Model Ys is also scheduled to be delivered. The batch of cars is so large that it will arrive on at least two ships. Thanks to Tesla's very strong delivery rate, EV sales in Israel are predicted to grow by 70% in 2022.
Tesla also increased the price of Model Y. Now Model Y Long Range, which costs ₪331,000 (about $100,800), is now ₪9,000 shekels (about $2,740) more, ₪340,000(about $103,540). Model Y Performance has risen in price by ₪10,000 (about $3,045) to ₪372,000 (about $113,290). The new price includes a tow hitch, which was previously a more expensive accessory, so some owners may not terribly mind the price increase. Both Model Y variants that will be delivered to Israel are manufactured at Giga Berlin.
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