Tesla's new Model Y colors now available in Europe

Posted on January 18, 2023 by Peter McGuthrie

By the time Tesla opened its Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg last year, CEO Elon Musk had already teased plans for a world-class auto paint shop that would be unique to the German plant. Since the factory’s opening, Tesla has already unveiled its first two special colors from the Grünheide plant — both of which are now available in Europe.

Above: Tesla's Model Y (Image: Tesla)

Tesla’s midnight cherry red paint and quicksilver options have become available for Model Y buyers in Europe, with Tesla’s online order configurator now showing delivery timelines for the colors, according to Teslarati. The midnight cherry red paint coat was first spotted by Tesla Owners Club France, just months after the color was unveiled alongside the quicksilver option.

The midnight cherry red Model Y units currently have estimated delivery timelines ranging from June to August 2023 across European and Middle Eastern countries.

The paint color comes as a 3,200-euro ($3,459) upgrade, and is only available as a paint option with the Model Y Performance and Long Range variants. Midnight cherry red is also only available in European and Middle Eastern countries at the moment, since it must be developed using Giga Berlin’s next-generation paint shop.

The paint shop at Tesla’s Giga Berlin includes what Musk has called the “world’s most advanced paint shop,” using multi-layered paint coats that can offer many fine layers of paint for added complexity.

Midnight cherry red’s counterpart, quicksilver, also began showing up on the company’s order configurator recently.

Model Y units sporting the quicksilver color have been making their rounds at showrooms across Europe and the upgrade paint color comes at the slightly more affordable upgrade price of 3,000 euros ($3,247). Additionally, it offers a shorter estimated delivery timeline, ranging from March to May of 2023.

It isn’t clear if Tesla ever plans to offer the exclusive colors to markets outside of the continent, though even if it does, they’re unlikely to be produced at its factories in Shanghai, China, Fremont, California or Austin, Texas unless they expand their paint shops. Musk has also said in the past that new colors will be coming to North America, though it’s not clear when or if they will be the same colors as the currently-exclusive German-built Model Ys.

Musk and Tesla unveiled new paint colors in 2020, as spotted in the automaker’s internal app code strings. The colors were called deep crimson, abyss blue and mercury silver, though no estimated date was shared for the paint options, nor where they would be produced or sold. However, Musk was spotted driving a Model S in what appeared to be the deep crimson color, and he even stated that it was becoming his favorite Tesla paint color.

For now, Tesla’s newest colors include the quicksilver and midnight cherry red options, only available in select countries. But amidst rumors of demand issues and other barriers to Tesla’s continued success, the paint options will likely be met with interest from consumers, expanding what’s available to buyers.

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Source: Teslarati / Twitter

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