The Tesla Roadster Could Maybe Arrive in 2024, Seven Years After Its Debut
Elon Musk first pulled the cover off of the second generation Tesla Roadster during one of the brand’s electric semi truck events in November 2017. As we approach the halfway mark in 2023, Musk just announced that the Roadster is still totally a real project coming to the market. More importantly, Musk suggested that the Roadsters arrival might finally happen for 2024.
Musk just shared a few more details about the long awaited electric sports car during Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting on May 16th. In response to a question, Musk revealed that he expects the design and engineering requirements for the Roadster to wrap up by the end of 2023, with production possible for 2024.
“We expect to complete the engineering and design of the next-gen Tesla Roadster this year and hopefully, hopefully start production – this is not a commitment, but hopefully start production next year,” said Musk. “[The Roadster] is not only the icing on the cake but it’s the cherry on the icing on the cake so it’s definitely not going to be a huge contributor to revenue. It will be a modest contributor to profitability but it will be sick!”
Tesla has remained relatively quiet about the Roadster since its 2017 reveal, with little updated information being shared outside of the sliding release dates. That said, fans of the brand may recall that Elon was initially targeting 0-60 mph performance in the 1.9-second range, as well as a 1/4 mile goal of 8.9 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive however was the car’s supposed top speed in excess of 250 mph. The world of fast EVs has changed a lot since 2017 however, with cars like the Rimac Nevera consistently ripping off new performance records. Elon does have plans to bring a “Space X Package” to the Roadster, which would see some cold gas thrusters installed around the car for some added punch. While some fans are adamant this package will transform the performance car world, others have questioned its possible benefits.
The Tesla Semi, Cybertruck and Roadster have all faced dramatic delays during their trek to market. Elon’s inability to deliver on promised assets has been all but solidified during the process. But things are going to finally be different this time, because Elon said so. I mean there’s no possible way that one of the world’s wealthiest men scammed Roadster reservation holders out of $50,000, right? Guess we’ll have to wait until 2024 to revisit that question once again.
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