The last time we heard about Tesla’s next-generation, boundary-pushing Tesla Roadster, it was set for tentative production in the year 2023: Therefore, why haven’t there been any new developments recently?
Priorities are being rearranged.
The Tesla Roadster is not at the top of Tesla’s priority list. Or if it is of any significance in the larger picture of the automaker’s goal to produce a big number of affordable vehicles.
The concept behind Tesla’s next-generation Roadster was to demonstrate how capable an electric vehicle can be when combined with the company’s most cutting-edge technologies and fashioned into a sports car.
Still, the Tesla Model S Plaid is now the production car that holds the record for the fastest acceleration in the world.
The surprisingly uncertain future of the Roadster is comparable to that of the Plaid+, which had a greater driving range but ultimately failed and which many aficionados may not even remember.
On paper, the Roadster is only slightly faster than the current Plaid model. It takes 1.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, while the Plaid model takes 1.99 seconds. In a more meaningful comparison, the EPA estimates that the Roadster will have a range of more than 396 miles, whereas the Plaid is certified at 396 miles. It also stands out because its top speed is almost 250 miles per hour instead of just 200 miles per hour, and it was only made for the track.
All of this is achieved inside a svelte form factor that consists of two doors, four seats, and one of the cleanest interior designs that Tesla has ever produced, along with a roof that can be removed.
Despite this, the Yoke Steering, a variation of Tesla’s likely doomed steering system, serves as the highlight of the cabin.
Prospective purchasers still have the opportunity to submit a reservation with a payment of $50,000 for a basic price that is anticipated to range between $200,000 and $250,000.
Estimates indicate that Tesla has already received more than a thousand reservations for the Roadster.
To tell you the truth, this doesn’t amount to much in the broad scheme of things when you consider that Tesla sold over 25,000 cars each week throughout the course of the previous year at an average selling price of about $55,000 with record-breaking profit margins of over $15,000.
Even a gross profit of $100,000 for every Roadster sold would only result in a rather insignificant gross profit of $100,000,000, and it doesn’t even take into account the cost of research and development.
However, it is the research and development that may be applied to other Tesla models and assist the company in establishing new records for performance throughout its whole product range at varied levels.
Making a profit is not and never will be the primary motive driving the production of a car such as the Tesla Roadster.
It is about making an electric alternative that is better in every way, like being cooler and setting records, to show that electricity is a more advanced technology than internal combustion engines.
The auto industry is moving toward electric cars at different speeds, and rival companies will make electric supercars over the next ten years. The most important aspect of this is that Tesla has already done this a number of times.
The goal has been accomplished.
Roadster is, at most, a pleasant diversion for Tesla’s engineers, who are allowed to work on a supercar when they are not worried about more serious concerns. If not for displaying electric performance or generating new R&D, Roadster is a fun distraction for Tesla’s engineers.
Because of this, there is no need for a formal launch: the Roadster is not even a percent as critical or crucial as the Cybertruck or the Tesla Semi, for that matter.
At Roadster launch ceremonies, Tesla has shown prototypes that are completely functioning in their entirety. However, Elon Musk has remarked on several occasions that producing prototypes is simple, but manufacturing is difficult.
The car manufacturer has also made commitments to provide Roadsters to a number of notable influencers via an earlier version of its referral program. However, these commitments may not need to be honored in the event that the vehicle is not produced.
At the same time, the car manufacturer has received deposits totaling over fifty million dollars from some of Tesla’s most devoted fans.
As a result, we are of the opinion that Tesla will, at some point, debut the Roadster.
Looking back at Tesla’s history, the company has a lot on its plate between the upcoming release of the Cybertruck this summer and full-scale manufacturing beginning in the next year. It is possible that manufacture of the Cybertruck may begin this summer, with full production beginning in 2019.
Although manufacturing was originally scheduled to begin in 2023 for an unspecified period, we now anticipate that it will be delayed until 2024 or 2025, at which point Roadster may become an even more developed product.