Tesla is starting to ship Model Y electric SUVs by the truckload out of its factory in California ahead of the start of deliveries in a few weeks.

Electrek, By Fred Lambert

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As we reported last week, Tesla started confirming Model Y deliveries to customers in the US.

The automaker has given some customers deliveries windows between March 15th and 30th – indicating that deliveries will start during the second half of next month.

Now we are receiving reports that Tesla is shipping those Model Y vehicles out of the factory by the truckload.

Keerthi Pobbathi sent Electrek a few pictures of a car carrier full of Model Y electric SUVs that he spotted in Milpitas, CA – a few miles south of the Tesla Fremont factory:
Dozen more Model Y vehicles were spotted today in Tesla’s parking lot at the factory and more car carriers are being loaded with electric SUVs.

In March of last year, Tesla unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover based on Model 3, with up to 300 miles of range.

At the time, the automaker guided deliveries to start in the fall of 2020 for the higher-end versions of the vehicle.

Tesla has made progress faster than anticipated and they surprised many when confirming during their earnings results last month that they already started the production ramp at the Fremont, California, factory:
Model Y production ramp started in January 2020, ahead of schedule.
The automaker confirmed that the first deliveries would happen in March just a year after unveiling the electric SUV.

Now the first deliveries are expected on March 15th, but it’s not clear how much volume Tesla is going to be able to deliver by the end of the quarter.

Some Model Y vehicles are also expected to be used as display and test drive vehicles in Tesla’s stores.

Electrek’s Take

It’s starting to look like Tesla is already going to have some decent volume for the start of deliveries.

We shared the first look at a Model Y production-intent vehicle this weekend and people were fairly impressed by the fit and finish of the vehicle.

It’s possible that Tesla would be ready to already start ramping up Model Y production closer to the 1,000-unit per week goal that Elon set for mid-year.

Though I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those vehicles start to populate Tesla’s test drive fleet. Even though Tesla already has a backlog of orders for Model Y, many people don’t want to buy without a test drive so Tesla is going to want to quickly build that fleet.

This article was originally published by Electrek.
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