Is Tesla Bringing Back The Model That Started It All?
Elon Musk has confirmed the return of the Roadsterby Kirby Garlitos, on
Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account is a great follow, largely because he uses it as a tool to drop some pretty important information about the company. Remember that “big announcement” that turned out to be the next-generation Autopilot system? Well, Musk’s at it again when he replied to a question posed by Uber Design Manager Jelle Prins, who asked Musk if Tesla had plans to bring back the Tesla Roadster.
Musk’s reply? “Some years away, but yes.”
The revelation isn’t exactly “new” news because talk of a new Tesla Roadster has been inside the oven for quite some time. In fact, Tesla’s Nordic Countries manager Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen made similar comments back in May when he said that the Roadster will not only make a return, but it would also look “a little different, little faster, and little bigger” than the original model that was sold from 2008 to 2012.
Bardenfleth-Hansen’s comments were significant, but not as important as coming from the man that runs the whole company. With Musk essentially confirming that the Roadster will return, the speculation surrounding the car will undoubtedly pick up steam as more information about it becomes available.
For better or worse though, such information is unlikely to come soon, since, as Musk put it, the model is still “some years away.” In addition, talk of a Roadster wasn’t even included in Tesla’s second “Master Plan” that Musk outlined back in July 2016. Recent rumors about the new Roadster event pegged it for a 2019 debut so that’s still a full two years away.
A lot can happen in that time and while Musk’s comments are the clearest response we’ve had of the new Roadster’s status, additional details about it are obviously most welcome.
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Welcome news, but many questions still need to be asked
This is good news for those who missed out on the Roadster’s initial run and even better news for those who actually had the original. Say what you will about Tesla and its recent status, but the Roadster made history in a number of ways when it was released, including becoming the first highway legal serial production all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells, and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles (320 km) on a single charge.
On the other hand, it’s also become an antiquated model, at least compared to Tesla’s current lineup. The technological gap between the Roadster and the Model S and Model X are obvious so there are legitimate questions to ask as it pertains to how Tesla is going to prepare the new Roadster to accommodate all the technological advancements Tesla has made since the old model was discontinued in 2012.
One of the most important questions is the platform that Tesla is going to use on the new Roadster. Whispers surrounding the planned development of the new model suggests that Tesla could very well use its third-generation platform on the new Roadster, something that’s already using on the Model 3. Should this be the case, the Roadster could be developed as a stand-alone model, a stark difference from its predecessor, which was based on the Lotus Elise.
Other questions like design, power, performance, and technologies will inevitably arise as more details about the new Roadster is disclosed. For now though, we can now at least cast a long eye on the horizon for the return of the Roadster. It’s not going to happen for another two years, maybe even longer, but the fact that Musk has essentially confirmed it means that it’s coming in some form or fashion.
Read our full review on the next generation Tesla Roadster here.
Source: Twitter - Elon Musk