What happens to the next generation Tesla Roadster? Originally scheduled for 2020, it has been postponed twice to allow the company to focus on other larger projects, like the Cybertruck.
This week, following the presentation of Tesla’s latest financial results and the surprise unveiling of a Model S and Model X update, big boss Elon Musk used his favorite medium – Twitter – to make an announcement about the subject. of the Roadster.
Thus, a fully operational pre-production model should roll out this summer and development will be completed by the end of the year. As for production, Musk says it will start in 2022, but does not specify the month.
Will this indeed be the case? If not, no one would be surprised. At least future customers now have a better idea of what’s to come.
Remember that it is already possible for Canadians to reserve a Tesla Roadster. An initial deposit of $ 6,000 by credit card is required, followed by a bank transfer of $ 58,000 within 10 days. In the case of the very exclusive Founders Series Roadster, the transfer is $ 316,000. Just that!
In terms of performance, this four-seater, all-wheel drive, electric sports car will be a real missile with its three engines totaling more than 1,000 horsepower (like the Model S Plaid) and allowing acceleration from 0 to 96 km / h (0 -60 mph) in 1.9 seconds. The top speed is announced at more than 400 km / h and the autonomy, at nearly 1000 km. Obviously, those numbers could change between now and launch.
A Tesla van on the way
Elon Musk has also confirmed that an electric van is in Tesla’s plans, but that it won’t be ready until the company can secure enough batteries for production.
The idea of such a vehicle, described as a shuttle for the transport of multiple passengers, has already been circulating for a few years. The recent unveiling of General Motors’ Ford E-Transit and BrightDrop EV600 may have accelerated Musk’s intentions.
Tesla is currently in the process of increasing its battery production capacity, but the company has already said it will have to call on other battery manufacturers to power all of its future vehicles as well.
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