In 2020, Tesla should give us 1 million self-driving taxis and the new roadster. We don’t have any, but the roadster has just been pushed back to rub salt into the wound.
The Tesla Roadster was the company’s first vehicle. It was a kind of mutated offspring of the high-performance electric vehicle startup AC Propulsion and the British sports car manufacturer Lotus.
Introduced in 2008, the program put Tesla on the automobile map and showed that electric cars didn’t have to be boring and boring. Remember, 2008 was dominated by snooze button cars like the Toyota Prius and G-Wiz.
The Tesla Roadster used some parts of a Lotus Elise and a powertrain from EV startup AC Propulsion. It showed that electric vehicles can be fast, sexy, and desirable.
It was loved by Silicon Valley startup nerds, and since the first generation went out of production in 2012, we’ve been waiting patiently for the new version. At the time, it wasn’t clear if there would ever be another, but in 2017 Tesla frontman Elon Musk revealed the future.
Tesla showed renderings and a prototype model of the new roadster back in 2017. The stats were out of this world then and are still today: 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, 1,000 km on a single charge, and a three-engine setup that supposedly delivers 10,000 nm of torque.
When the car was revealed and the jaws were lifted from the ground, Musk announced it would be available in 2020. But wait, 2020 was last year and we still don’t have a roadster. So what happened
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Editor928111A demo model of the Tesla Roadster before production. It is expected to be able to reach a speed of 0 to 62 mph in less than 2 seconds.[Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data]
With no new noises to suggest the roadster was on the move, it became clear that Tesla Musk was not going to keep his promise. For old Elon, it’s an ongoing trend: make a big promise, see how difficult it actually is to keep that promise, and then set a new deadline.
In 2019, Tesla started making noise about the post-apocalyptic self-propelled sardine-tin truck Cybertruck. That was enough to divert attention from the fact that we were still waiting for our damn roadster!
Last year, Musk said he would prioritize cybertruck production over the roadster. Since the Cybertruck was only introduced at the end of 2019, it brought the roadster into an even more distant future.
In late January 2021, Musk cemented that timeline in a tweet in which he responded to the question: What happened to the roadster?
In the tweet, Musk says engineering will be completed this year and production should begin in 2022. However, there is no talk of when the homologation process and type approval will happen as these are usually solid indicators that a new car is not too big a long way off.
After completing the technology this year, production will start next year. With the aim of making Release Design Design mobile in late summer. The three-engine propulsion system and advanced battery work were important precursors.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021
So yeah, Tesla’s coolest car is still behind schedule, but hey, even if Musk doesn’t meet the original deadlines, he usually gets through – eventually. So we have to be stuck for a few more years, but for a vehicle that will be the fastest accelerating production car, there is certainly no rush to get here.
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Published on January 29, 2021 – 11:29 UTC