Consumers who order the Model 3 will now have to wait until at least the end of June to get their deliveries.
For Tesla consumers in China, the wait for deliveries has been painful, and now it's becoming even more painful.
Tesla's China website was updated today with estimated delivery dates for the Model 3 and Model Y, and consumers who pre-order these models now have to wait longer overall than those who ordered previously.
The latest information shows that the expected delivery dates for both models of the Model 3 sedan - Model 3 and Model 3 Performance - are 16-20 weeks from now, four weeks longer than the previous 12-16 weeks.
This means that Chinese consumers who order the models now will not receive deliveries until the end of June at the earliest.
Of the three versions of the Model Y - Model Y, Model Y Long Range and Model Y Performance - the delivery date for the entry-level version has been reduced by two weeks from the previous 12-16 weeks to 10-14 weeks.
For the Model Y Long Range, the estimated delivery date has increased by four weeks to 16-20 weeks, and for the Model Y Performance, the estimated delivery time remains 12-16 weeks.
Other than the change in expected delivery dates, pricing and specification information for these models are unchanged.
Tesla models are among the most popular electric vehicle models in China, and although the company has a factory in Shanghai, it is being used as an export center, making it difficult to meet local demand.
China-made Tesla vehicles sold 59,845 units in January, including 40,499 units exported and 19,346 units delivered locally, according to data released last month by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
February figures are not yet available, and the CPCA is expected to release them next week at the earliest.
Faced with long delivery times, consumers who want to get their hands on a vehicle sooner turn to used Teslas, causing the price of used vehicles to remain high.
While people generally shun used NEVs these days, that's not the case for premium brands, including Tesla.
The vast majority of Tesla Model Y's for sale on multiple online used car trading platforms in China are priced above RMB 300,000 ($47,000), higher than what their owners paid for them in the first place, information seen by CnEVPost shows.