The head of Tesla, Elon Musk, at a meeting of shareholders, officially confirmed the postponement of the launch of the Roadster model to 2023. The prototype of the second-generation electric car was first shown back in 2017, and then the Roadster’s entry into the market was scheduled for 2020. However, later the launch was postponed to the end of 2021 or 2022. This September, Musk mentioned in one of his posts on Twitter that in fact it could be 2023, and now this year has been confirmed.
Prices are still at the declared level. The Roadster in a welcome series of 1,000 Founders Editions will cost $ 250,000, while the regular versions will cost $ 200,000.
Preliminary parameters: three electric motors of unnamed power (one in front, two in the back), a 200 kWh battery, about 1000 km of run on charge, acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Musk also dreams of an option to fly at an altitude of up to two meters.
An entry-level hatchback known as the $ 25,000 Tesla (unofficially Tesla Model 2) is slated to be launched in 2023 as well. Information about the project is sketchy. The development will be entrusted to the Tesla Research Center in Shanghai (it will be built by the end of the year). Musk wants to see full autopilot in this model and even discusses whether to remove the steering wheel.
The equally long-awaited Tesla Semi tractor unit will also go into mass production in 2023. And the Tesla Cybertruck pickup has not escaped adjustments to its launch plans. The company should start producing it in trial batches at the end of 2022 (instead of the previously announced 2021) with full-scale production in the same 2023. It is quite logical that the chief of the company blames both the ongoing pandemic and the problems with the supply of components, which Musk hopes to resolve by 2023, for the shifts in all these deadlines.
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