Elon Musk hints at Tesla Roadster production in California within 12-18 months


Elon Musk made a rare comment about Tesla Roadster production, which had been delayed a few times, and hinted at a production start in California within 12 to 18 months.When Tesla first unveiled the new Roadster in 2017, Musk said it would arrive in 2020. Although Tesla never officially delayed the Roadster, Musk said last year that it was not a priority, hinting that production would likely be pushed back beyond 2020.

Earlier this year, Musk hinted that Tesla Roadster would be postponed until 2022 as the automaker focuses on the Cybertruck. However, the CEO has now made rare new comments on the production of the next-gen Tesla Roadster.

During the conference call following the release of Tesla’s financial results for the second quarter of 2020, Musk tentatively confirmed that Tesla was planning to build the Roadster in California, and he mentioned the new vehicle as part of the sheet. Tesla’s updated product route to reach production within the next 12-18. month.

That would place the start of production between mid to late 2021 – around the time Tesla plans to launch the new Cybertruck, which will be built in Austin, TX.

While the CEO used tentative language to talk about the product roadmap, this is the clearest timeline for the new Roadster that Tesla has released to date.

In previous comments, Musk has said that the new Roadster is more of a ‘dessert’ for Tesla, and while it doesn’t have a big impact on electrification due to its price, it serves as a ‘slap’ on the wall. combustion engine by becoming a “halo” car that dominates the supercar segment.

When the vehicle was first unveiled, Musk claimed an incredibly impressive list of specs for the new Roadster, including 0-100 km / h in 1.9 sec, 620 km of range and more.

At the time, the CEO said these were the specs for the ‘base version’ of the Roadster, and the CEO reiterated this in the new interview – without confirming the specs of the high-end version. .

Additionally, Musk has confirmed that the “SpaceX package” is still in the plans for the new Tesla Roadster. Based on his previous comments, the “SpaceX package” consists of a group of cold air thrusters around the car to improve performance.

Earlier this year, the CEO said Tesla may give an update on the new Roadster and the Tesla Semi later this year. The latter was more widely discussed during the earnings call with Jerome Guillen, the Tesla executive behind the program, saying the company is making progress towards putting the vehicle into production next year.

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