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First Tesla Model 3 spotted in Germany

After a Tesla Model 3 was spotted in the Netherlands earlier this month – making it the first in Europe, there was another sighting in another European country.

A Tesla Model 3, possibly the same as the one in the Netherlands, was spotted in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tesla’s early production vehicles have often found themselves in Germany way ahead of their launch in Europe.

That’s because German automakers managed to get their hands on them to reverse-engineer the cars and learn from them.

For example, one of the first Model X in Europe was spotted near to Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. The vehicle was a ‘Signature version’ reserved years ahead of production. Audi imported it from the US likely to benchmark or reverse engineer it.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t realize that the US version of the car doesn’t have the same plug as European vehicles and an Audi engineer was even spotted stranded at a Tesla Supercharger station unsuccessfully trying to charge the electric SUV.

The reservation process with Founders series and Signature series vehicles makes it harder but not impossible for automakers to get their hands on early production versions of Tesla’s vehicles.

The Model 3 doesn’t have the same Founders series and Signature series vehicles, but it’s even more difficult for automakers to get their hands on one since Tesla is only delivering to employees and company insiders for now.

That’s why for once, it looks like the first new Tesla vehicle in Germany is not for some automaker to reverse engineer.

Ulric Dabe spotted a Model 3 at Tesla’s Stuttgart store in Germany last week Germany. He sent us a picture:

While it’s hard to tell, it looks like it’s the same Model 3 that was spotted in the Netherlands earlier this month.

Interestingly, it looks like it has aero wheels without covers, but they are chrome or silver instead of the dark grey that we have seen on early production Model 3 vehicles so far.

The Model 3 is currently being delivered to employees and company insiders in the US and the new all-electric vehicle is not expected to make it to other countries and Europe until the second half of next year.

In the meantime, it looks like our friends in Europe still have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Model 3 with this early production model traveling around. Let us know if you spot it somewhere else on the old continent.

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