Depending on what you ordered, you may have to wait until 2023.
Like many automakers, Tesla has been hit hard by the ongoing semiconductor chip crisis. Due to supply shortages, the EV automaker has been struggling to cope with the unrelenting demand for the Model 3 and Model Y. As a result, delivery estimates for the Model Y and Model 3 have slipped until 2022 for certain models, and pricing for the cheapest models has increased several times over the last few weeks.
Now, the flagship Model S and Model X are suffering even longer delays since the refreshed EVs were unveiled earlier this year. If you order the base version of the Model S or Model X now, be prepared for a long wait because they could take up to 16 months to arrive.
On Tesla's online configurator, deliveries for the new dual-motor Model S are now set for October 2022. That's if you go for the smaller 19-inch wheels. If you select the larger 21-inch Arachnid wheels which cost $4,500, the delivery date moves forward to June 2022. As for the Model X, a new dual-motor model will only arrive in November 2022 with the 22-inch wheels. Want to save $5,500 and get the smaller 20-inch wheels? You'll only get your Model X in March 2023 if that's the option you choose. It's worth noting that Tesla changes these dates regularly so the situation may be different next month - or even next week.
If you want to get behind the wheel of a new Tesla Model S this year, your only option is the range-topping Model S Plaid. At the time of writing, new orders for the high-performance electric sedan are slated to arrive in December 2021, but be prepared to pay a premium.
Whereas the base Model S starts at $94,990, the Plaid version will set you back $129,990 before any incentives are applied. Orders of the Model X Plaid, on the other hand, will arrive later than the Model S Plaid, with deliveries estimated to arrive in August 2022. Let's hope the situation improves soon because there are going to be a lot of frustrated customers, though the supply shortages, delays, and price increases don't seem to be affecting sales.