“Assuming that 2022 isn’t a huge drama, the new Roadster should be shipping in 2023.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the upcoming Tesla Roadster “should ship in 2023,” tweeted on Wednesday. He blamed the ongoing supply chain shortages for the extended timeline. Musk stated that 2021 was a year of supply chain shortages, so it didn’t matter if there were 17 new products as none would ship.
Elon Musk first announced the $200,000 second-generation Roadster at a splashy event in November 2017, promising that the base model could go from 0 to 60 in a staggering 1.9 seconds. The Roadster will have a 200kWh battery pack and a range of 620 miles per charge.
Production was scheduled to start sometime in 2020, but in January, Musk said that production would instead begin in 2022. People who have already made deposits on the car might be disappointed by the delays. Tesla will accept $50,000 stakes for its base model and $250,000 for the Founders Series model.
Tesla has already adjusted to the global chip shortage by substituting alternative chips into its cars and rewriting its software to support it, Musk said in an earnings call in July. It seems there are still hurdles to overcome before the new Roadster can be released. And it’s not just the Roadster that’s a way out; production on the Tesla Cybertruck has been delayed until 2022.