Tesla delivered 10,000 cars to Israel last week, the company announced on LinkedIn. This is the first time an electric car company has sold 10,000 EV units in Israel in a single week, Tesla Israel’s operations manager said.
After starting sales in early 2021, Tesla’s presence in Israel has continued to grow. The company acquired an import license in January last year, which started selling in the country.
Shortly thereafter, Tesla launched the Model 3 in Israel, battling competitors such as China’s Geely, MG, and others. Tesla is one of the best-selling EV companies in Israel. With import taxes varying between 50 and 92 percent depending on citizenship status, foreign vehicle manufacturers are certainly at a disadvantage. Tesla’s most affordable Model 3 trim level costs NIS 179,990, or $52,086, and the automaker confirms that those prices do not include import or luxury taxes.
But Tesla has reached company milestones worth mentioning. Paz Gantovsky, who has served as Tesla’s operations manager in Israel since the company entered the market in early 2021, announced that the automaker officially delivered 10,000 cars in a week for the first time last week.
“Celebrated 10K Tesla deliveries in Israel this week,” Gantovsky said. “I still remember the first delivery last year and how much we have learned and improved since then. Happy about this milestone both for Israel (the first time a manufacturer delivers 10K EVs) and, of course, for our Tesla team. Can’t wait for 20K!”
With customer delivery growth that has reached monumental levels, Tesla has begun hiring for more roles in Israel. In October, Tesla posted several new positions related to service, a weak area of the company in other countries.
Tesla imports vehicles to Israel from its Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.