Announced in 2017, an electric sports car with fantastic performance cannot reach consumers due to the fact that Tesla constantly there are more priority projects.
The second generation Tesla Roadster prototype was unveiled in November 2017 along with the Tesla Semi truck prototype. The truck finally went into production late last year and is already on the highway, but the new Roadster is still on standby.
At the time of the premiere of the prototype, it was assumed that the serial Roadster would hit the market in 2020, then the start date of sales was postponed several times, but Tesla continued to collect deposits of $ 50,000 from those who wished in the hope of an early launch of the long-awaited new product. At the beginning of 2021, Elon Musk claimed that the development of a sports car was in its final stages and promised a number of sensational “chips” – for example, a rocket booster, but we did not see a production Tesla Roadster of the second generation in either 2021 or 2022.
We won't see it in 2023 either, because at the recent Tesla shareholders' meeting, Elon Musk honestly admitted that the company is testing the patience of customers who have ordered a new Roadster, but it will not be possible to launch it into production before the fourth quarter of 2024, and this date is approximate, so there may be more postponements.
The new Roadster is still listed on Tesla's website and promises fantastic performance (0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds) combined with a huge range on a single charge (about 1000 km). The Roadster is supposed to be capable of seating four people and driving in full self-driving mode, but full autopilot is another long-term project that Tesla has been struggling to complete.
This year, Tesla should launch the Cybertruck pickup truck, other upcoming innovations are the updated Model 3 and Model Y, then some budget model of the Mexican assembly is expected, the expansion of the Gigafactory in Nevada for scaling the release of Tesla Semi (now trucks are assembled, in fact, in manual mode) and a humanoid robot assistant. In general, the company is somehow not up to the Roadster yet – it has turned into a kind of suitcase without a handle: it’s hard to carry and it’s a pity to leave.