Tesla Roadster postponed until 2023


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that shortages in the supply chain continue to accentuate carmakers, and the company is delaying deliveries of a new version of the Roadster until 2023 at the earliest.

Specifically, he wrote on Twitter: “2021 was a year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter if we had 17 new products because none would ship. Assuming 2022 isn’t a mega drama, the new Roadster should arrive 2023. “

Tesla is not alone among carmakers struggling with pressure in the supply chain. Other car manufacturers, including Toyota i Ford, have reduced production notebooks to deal with the lack of chips.

A new version of Tesla’s high-performance electric car was set to debut in 2020. Tesla first unveiled plans for the next-generation Roadster in late 2017 during an event to unveil a heavy truck, the Tesla Semi, which the company also has just for mass production.

At the time, the company said the next-generation Roadster would boast a top speed of at least 250 miles per hour, a 200-kilowatt-hour battery that would deliver more than 620 miles on a full charge, and three electric motors that enable the Roadster to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds (and a quarter mile in less than 9 seconds).

Musk later promised that the next-generation Roadster would be sold with a premium “SpaceX option” including rocket thrusters that would allow the car to hover far above the ground. He described it as a “complete James Bond vehicle” in an episode of “Jay Len’s Garage”.

According to Tesla’s website, Roadster reservations require an initial credit card payment of $ 5,000, with a bank transfer payment of $ 45,000 within 10 days. The reservation money can be returned until the guest signs the sales contract. Tesla says it will ship these sales contracts close to the production date.

Musk and other Tesla executives discussed supply chain problems and a shortage of parts in earnings calls in recent quarters, highlighting the lack of chips.

On call of shareholders in the second quarter, Musk said that Tesla went through a “big fight” to get enough modules that control the airbags and seat belts in the company’s cars. The lack of these modules limited the company’s production in Fremont, California and Shanghai.

Musk said on May 31 that Tesla had raised the prices of some of its vehicles and removed some parts from them, due to rising prices of parts and raw materials amid recent pressures in the supply chain.

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