In a recent podcast interview with Joe Rogan, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the second generation Tesla Roadster will not be arriving in 2020 as expected.
In 2017, Tesla unveiled a prototype for the second generation Tesla Roadster that was said to have a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, a top speed of 250 mph and a range of over 600 miles. Elon Musk also said that Tesla was aiming to have the production version of the Roadster ready for customers by 2020.
But we’re almost half way through 2020 and Elon confirmed on the Joe Rogan podcast that Tesla’s focus right now is on production of the Model Y. Afterwards they would focus their attention on the Tesla Cybertruck and the already delayed Tesla Semi Truck. “The Roadster is kind of like dessert,” Musk explained. “I think we should do Cybertruck before Roadster.”
So what does that mean for those that pre-ordered the Tesla Roadster? Well, they’ll have to wait a lot longer… probably a few more years by the sounds of it. And in case you’re wondering, the pre-order deposit for the $200,000 USD Tesla Roadster was $50,000 USD. But if you wanted a limited edition Founder Series Roadster, you would’ve had to pay a full $250,000 USD deposit.
Had the Tesla Roadster stayed on track for a 2020 launch, it would’ve been the first of a new generation of full electric supercars. The Rimac 2 and Lotus Evija are currently under development as well and boast similar performance figures as the Roadster but they can’t quite match it on electric range. So perhaps this could be the new “Holy Trinity” of next generation supercars?