Elon Musk Says Roadster Production Isn’t Happening Until 2022
Those with orders in for the Tesla Roadster are set to be disappointed once more after the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that the car won’t go into production until some time next year.
For those who aren’t following along too closely, Tesla first announced the Roadster in 2017 and Musk then claimed that we should expect it to begin manufacturing in 2020.
That didn’t happen, although much of what was supposed to happen in 2020 didn’t, for obvious reasons. But it seems 2021 is a wash, too.
When asked “what happened to the Roadster,” Musk replied by saying that engineering will be finishing this year and that production will kick into gear next year. The release candidate car will supposedly be ready to drive in late summer, but this being Tesla, we’ll believe that when we see it rolling down a road somewhere.
The wait might be worth it, though. The Roadster is expected to be able to run for a massive 620 miles while doing the 0 to 60Mph sprint in just 1.9 seconds. 0 to 100Mph is said to be achieved in just 4.2 seconds, twice as fast as most cards can get to 60.
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.