Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released an update on the development of the second-generation Tesla Roadster. During a Twitter Spaces meeting with Ford CEO Jim Farley, Elon Musk reiterated plans for a second-generation Tesla Roadster, Autoevolution reported. He revealed that the final design and engineering of the second-generation iteration of the iconic Tesla Roadster will be completed by the end of this year, and the EV should be ready for mass production by the end of 2024.
The Tesla CEO confirmed that the sports car is not the company’s top priority right now. He described the Tesla Roadster as the cherry on the icing. This may allude to the fact that Tesla is currently focused on fine-tuning the Cybertruck while also working on its cheapest version yet, which will be called the Model 2.
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However, Musk revealed that the second-generation Tesla Roadster will go into production by the end of 2024. While that sounds exciting, coming from Musk, those estimates don’t make much sense given the fact that the automaker is notorious for overpromising and underdelivering.
Tesla has reportedly collected $50,000 deposits from many interested buyers for confirmed reservations for the second-generation Roadster. In fact, the automaker is still taking preorders for the second-generation Roadster. However, not saying anything about it has already drawn a backlash from automakers. Musk’s latest comments reignited the discussion. “Of course we’re testing the patience of the pre-orders,” Musk said cheerfully when asked about the Roadster plans, but gave details.
Tesla released the new Roadster in 2017, which was originally scheduled to go into production in 2020. The electric carmaker claims the new Roadster can accelerate from zero to 96 km/h in just 1.9 seconds at a top speed of 402 km/h. In addition, it can travel 1,000 kilometers on a single charge thanks to a 200 kWh battery pack.
First published date: May 29, 2023 at 10:08 AM CST