Tesla first teased the Roadster, a successor to its first production car, in 2017. It was expected to enter production about two years ago, with plans for it to be built in 2020. The EV should be the first production car to accelerate to 60mph in under two seconds and go from 0 to 100 in 4.2. It8217;ll hit 620 miles on a single charge, and could have a top speed of over 250mph. It will also have a triple-motor drive system, with one electric motor at the front and two at the rear.
But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now announced that production for the Roadster isn’t due to begin until “next year8221;, so we8217;re still a long ways off from being able to drive the $200,000 two-seater. In a tweet, Musk hinted that development of the car8217;s “tri-motor drive system8221; and 8220;advanced battery work” are the reasons for the delay. Musk suggested Tesla hopes to finish engineering this year, and the company should have a “release candidate design drivable in late summer8221;.
Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors.