Originally set for 2020, Tesla Roadster delayed to end of 2024
Still taking $50k deposits for “rocket-powered” car
To the surprise of approximately nobody, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the second-generation Tesla Roadster will be delayed once again. The tech exec spoke about the delay on a Twitter Spaces event (via Motor1), where he admitted that the company was “certainly testing the patience of our reservation holders.”
Musk first revealed the second-gen Roadster back in 2017 and production was set to start in 2020. The claims were massive, including a sub-two-second 0-60 mph time and rocket boosters to help make it even faster. And a claimed range of 620 miles.
For the last six years, Tesla has been taking deposits for the car for $50,000. The total price was expected to start at around $200k when the car was first revealed, but that figure seems unlikely today.
Two years ago, Musk blamed supply chain issues. While there were (and continue to be) industry-wide issues, other automakers continue to develop and release new vehicles mostly on time.
This time he did not give a reason for the delay. However, Musk said that he expected the Roadster to begin production in Q4 of 2024.