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Tesla Model 3 orders to finally open in May: first Australian deliveries promised in August

The Tesla Model 3 is expected to arrive in Australia in August

The Australian and New Zealand order books for the Tesla Model 3 are about to open, with Elon Musk promising first deliveries by the end of August.

The news arrived via a tweet over the weekend, with Musk writing: "UK Model 3 order page goes live next week, followed shortly thereafter by Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong".

There's little more detail on offer at the moment, but CarsGuide understands the Model 3 online configurator, which should be available in May for Australian shoppers, will first be unlocked for local customers who have already paid a deposit (some of whom have been waiting three years) before being made available to the wider market.

The timing fits with Musk's promise - also made via Twitter - that Australian deliveries would start in our winter, meaning first Model 3 arrivals are expected to begin before the end of December.

Asked when Australian can expect local delivery of Tesla's "affordable" city EV, Musk wrote that RHD builds should begin in "late May or June".

"Probably start Australia builds in late May or June & start arriving in winter," he wrote on March 21.

Pricing and Australian specifics are yet to be confirmed, but all should soon become clear. So watch this space. In the States, the 3 can be had in rear- or all-wheel drive, and with a choice of standard or long range battery packs.

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