With the major challenges in the production of the Model 3 behind the company, Tesla is poised to start delivering the electric sedan to other countries. Among these is Germany, which is expected to begin receiving deliveries of the Model 3 this coming February. These first deliveries, according to a German automotive industry expert, would likely usher in what could very well be the year of Tesla, where the California-based carmaker end up dominating Germany’s e-car market.
In a recent analysis, auto veteran and founder of Germany’s Center of Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen Ferdinand Dudenhöffer stated that 2019 would likely see a massive influx of electric vehicle registrations in the country. Dudenhöffer notes that a large part of these registrations will be due to the arrival of the Model 3, which he expects would help Tesla sell up to 20,000 electric vehicles per year in Germany.
“If it works with the production and an early sales start of Model 3 in Germany, for Tesla altogether up to 20,000 sales in this country in 2019 are possible,” the industry expert wrote in his study.
If Tesla does end up selling as many vehicles as Dudenhöffer expects in 2019, the electric car maker will become Germany’s most successful EV brand. While other EVs and electrified vehicles are available in the market, after all, no other car comes close to the estimated sales numbers of the Model 3. From January to October this year, for example, Dudenhöffer notes that Smart sold 7,030, Volkswagen sold 6,420, and Renault and BMW sold 5,150 green vehicles each. Tesla, which so far only sells the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV in Germany, sold 1,678 cars in the same period.
Dudenhöffer notes that the Model 3’s arrival in Germany will likely get a boost from upcoming, EV-friendly government regulations as well. Currently, employees who use their company cars privately are taxed 1% of the vehicle’s value. Starting January 1, 2019, company cars that are electric will receive half the tax. According to German publication Wirtschaftswoche, electric car drivers can save as much as 200 euros with the upcoming system in place.
The Tesla Model 3 has become a force to be reckoned with in the American auto market. As the electric car maker hits its stride in the production of the Model 3, Tesla has begun an initiative to bring the vehicle abroad. Over the past months, Tesla has brought the Model 3 to several countries in Europe, as well as key markets in Asia such as China and Japan. With each stop in its worldwide tour, the Model 3 was received with much interest.
Local media reports from Europe indicate that Tesla is planning on shipping 3,000 Model 3 per week to the region starting February 2019. Belgian news agency Focus-WTV has noted that the vehicles would be arriving every week in the port of Zeebrugge, located on the coast of Belgium. The vehicles will reportedly be shipped through the services of transportation firm International Car Operators (ICO), which utilizes rapid RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) ships that are capable of loading and unloading cargo quickly.
A video reportedly featuring what could very well be one of the first large shipments of Model 3 sedans to Europe was shared by WTV to Teslarati. The clip, which was taken earlier this month and which features rows of covered electric sedans in ICO’s Zeebrugge site, could be viewed below.