Tesla Roadster Won't Arrive For A Very Long Time

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Elon Musk still doesn't have a delivery date.

Back in 2017, Tesla blew our minds with the reveal of the second-generation Roadster. Despite announcing that the electric sports car wouldn't be arriving until 2020, people were more than happy to plunk down $50,000 deposits on the $200,000 2020 Tesla Roadster or a full $250,000 deposit for the Founders Series, which will be limited to 1,000 units.

Tesla hasn't specified how many people have pre-ordered a Roadster but we are now about halfway through 2020. So, where is the car? Speaking on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Tesla CEO Elon Musk didn't provide great news to customers anxiously waiting for their six-figure electric sports car. Rogan, a Tesla owner himself, asked Musk when he could buy the new Roadster and the answer wasn't exactly satisfying.

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The entire podcast is over two hours long and focuses mostly on artificial intelligence but at the 1:51 mark, Rogan finally asked Musk when the Roadster will be available. Musk answers, "I can't say exactly when." He then explained that coronavirus has set back the Roadster timeline and noted that before the Roadster is released, Tesla needs to wrap up Model Y production, build the Gigafactory in Berlin, expand the Shanghai factory, and build the Cybertruck and Semi Truck.

"The Roadster is kind of like dessert," Musk explained. "We gotta get the meat, potatoes, and greens." When pushed to define Tesla's model timeline, Musk said, "I think we should do Cybertruck before Roadster." This is likely a wise decision, as the $39,900 Cybertruck will sell in much greater volumes than the $200,000 Roadster.

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While Tesla was on-time with Model Y deliveries, the Roadster is going to be seriously late. Tesla has already been forced to delay the Semi Truck until 2021, so we would not be surprised if the Roadster is pushed back until 2022 or beyond. The Roadster boasts some amazing performance claims including a 1.9-second 0-60 mph time, a top speed of 250 miles, and a 620-mile range, but until we see a production model these numbers remain pure fantasy.

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