The second edition of the Tesla Roadster was originally supposed to be produced and delivered in 2020, but two years later the car has still not been produced and details are still slim. Here’s what we know about the next generation Tesla Roadster.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the next-generation Tesla Roadster in 2017 at the Tesla Semi reveal event. It wasn’t planned, and Musk surprised everyone in the room when the new design was shown to onlookers. Since then, various details have been released, but it’s still unclear when the vehicle will actually go into production.
The Roadster might be able to hover
Musk unveiled a potential SpaceX package for the Roadster in 2018, which would use SpaceX cold gas thrusters to enable short-term hover capabilities. Tesla reiterated this potential several times, describing a potential acceleration time of 1.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. It’s still unclear if the FAA will have anything to say about the vehicle’s potential hover capability, but the 1.1-second 0-60 time is said to be Tesla’s fastest by a considerable margin, and one of faster on Earth.
The new Roadster will actually do something like this https://t.co/fIsTAYa4x8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019
You can still reserve a Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster reservations are still available on Tesla.com. “Roadster reservations require an initial credit card payment of $5,000, plus a wire transfer payment of $45,000 due in 10 days. Reservations are not final until payment by wire transfer is received,” Tesla describes. Founders Series Roadster reservations are closed.
Production of the Tesla Roadster was to start in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and now 2023
The production dates for the Tesla Roadster have changed several times in the vehicle’s history. After production was scheduled to begin in 2019 with deliveries in 2020, Tesla shifted production to “the next 12 to 18 months” during the second quarter 2020 earnings call. That pushed production to mid- 2021 as the pandemic raged and limited production across the industry.
In January 2021, Musk delayed production again to 2022, saying engineering for the vehicle should be completed by the end of last year.
Finish engineering this year, production starts next year. Aims for the design of the release candidate to be pilotable by the end of the summer. The three-motor drive system and advanced battery operation were important precursors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021
At the end of 2021, Musk postponed production again to 2023 as long as Tesla could avoid a “mega drama” with the supply chain in 2022. It is relatively unknown if the 2022 supply chain was a “mega drama”, because the description is objective. However, there are plenty of indications that Tesla could be ready to introduce new products to its lineup next year.
The Cybertruck is set to start production early next year, and a low-volume vehicle like the Roadster could be a great test of Tesla’s resilience and the health of the supply chain if it can get started. to manufacture the supercar in 2023.
The Tesla Roadster will likely be built in California
Tesla will likely build the vehicle in California.
“We think, probably, the Tesla Roadster, a future program, would also make sense in California,” Musk said during the company’s second quarter 2020 earnings call.
Fremont is the only plant that currently builds all four Tesla models, and it continues to make low-volume vehicles like the Model S and Model X, which make up only a small percentage of the company’s overall shipments each quarter. Fremont is confined to space, but filings and other plans have indicated that Tesla is expanding the factory to make room for other projects.
Unexpectedly, the automaker will produce Cybertruck batteries at the Fremont plant, and the 4680 battery is built down the street at Tesla’s Kato Road plant.
Gigafactory Texas will be reserved for mass production of the Model Y, Cybertruck, and potentially semi-production in the future.
If you want to see the Roadster today, it’s currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles as part of the “Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution” exhibit.
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