The ordering books were opened in October last year, but the right-hand-drive cars were missing in action. This meant the potential buyers could not even take a test drive to see for themselves how the cars drive. This situation is about to change rather soon and the first right-hand-drive cars were spotted at various locations in the UK, as reported by Drive Tesla.
Not only that but, apparently, the first customers were notified to prepare for the delivery of their car. This is a clear indication Tesla will start deliveries soon, although it might still take a while. Tesla routinely updates delivery status and sends “Prepare for your Model Y Delivery” emails.
The UK-bound Model Y comes from the Gigafactory Shanghai, as the German plant is yet to ramp up production. Indeed, all the cars spotted have Chinese VINs, but it is unclear whether they come with the updated features announced for the 2022 model year. Most likely they will be, as the UK market is hugely important for Tesla and they wouldn’t want Brits to drive outdated cars. Tesla Model 3 is the second best-selling electric car in the UK, and thus the Model Y is expected to be at least that successful.
Loads more photos of the RHD Red and Grey Model Ys (sorry we're excited) - Thanks to Nicholas for photos pic.twitter.com/pv9MXRuvy3— Tesla Owners UK ???????? (@TeslaOwnersUK) January 8, 2022