Tesla Roadster (2020)

Tesla Roadster
Tesla roadster 2020 prototype.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerTesla, Inc.
Model years2020 (to commence)
DesignerFranz von Holzhausen
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door 2+2 coupe (two-seater in SpaceX configuration)
LayoutTriple motor, all-wheel drive
Powertrain
Electric motor
Battery200 kWh (720 MJ)
Electric range1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
Plug-in charging
  • Offboard charger
  • Supercharger at 120 kW DC
Chronology
PredecessorTesla Roadster (2008)

The Tesla Roadster is an upcoming all-electric battery-powered four-seater sports car made by Tesla, Inc.[1] Tesla has said it will be capable of 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, quicker than any street legal production car to date at its announcement in November 2017.[2] The Roadster is the successor to Tesla's first production car, which was the 2008 Roadster.

Tesla indicates that Roadster sales will begin in 2020, although not before the Tesla Model Y goes on sale. Elon Musk has said that higher-performance trim levels will be available beyond the base specifications.

Overview

History

In 2011, at the end of the production run of the original Tesla Roadster, Elon Musk suggested that a new version of the Roadster, without the Lotus chassis, would return to production by 2014.[3] The new Roadster was first teased in 2014.[4]

In 2015, Musk suggested a new Roadster in 2019, capable of faster acceleration.[5][6][7] A tweet by Elon Musk in December 2016 reconfirmed a second Roadster was in the works, but still "some years away".[8][9] The second Roadster was designed by Franz von Holzhausen.[10]

The 2020 version of the Roadster was shown in a surprise moment at the end of the Tesla Semi event on November 16, 2017—during which a Roadster was driven out of the back of one of the semi-truck trailers to the song "Sabotage".[11] Musk explained the concept as: "The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche."[12][13] The car will retail for upward of $200,000;[14] test rides were given at the event for those who immediately paid the first $5,000 of a $50,000 deposit to pre-order the vehicle.[12][15][16][17] Additional information followed after the teaser, such as the various world-record speeds Tesla said it will break.[1][18][19][20][21]

In June 2018, Elon Musk revealed a potential feature called "SpaceX option package" for the Roadster.[22] This would add around ten cold gas thrusters to the car to improve maneuverability; it would comprise an electric pump to recharge an air tank used to provide compressed air flowing through propelling nozzles to generate a cold jet thrust. The air tanks, based on "composite overwrapped pressure vessel" (COPV) also used in the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, would replace the back seats. The thrusters would be used to improve cornering, acceleration, top speed, and braking.[23][24][25] Working pressure would be 10,000 psi (700 bar).[26]

Pre-order marketing

Pre-orders of the Roadster began in 2017, with a US $50,000 deposit required.[12] Tesla owners taking part in the referral promotion program began accumulating discounts toward the purchase of a Roadster based on the number of referrals. Those reaching 55 confirmed referrals obtained a 100% rebate toward a future Roadster purchase.[27][28]

Price

The base model was expected to sell for US $200,000 but the first 1,000 to be produced, the so-called Founder's Series, will be priced at $250,000.[12] Full payment would be required to pre-order the latter vehicle.

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