Tesla’s insanely fast Roadster has been delayed until 2023

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Sep 3, 2021

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SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla boss Elon Musk recently signaled a one-year delay in the shipment of Roadster sports car to 2023, citing global supply chain bottlenecks.

Musk had in January hinted that the Roadster, which was originally set to be launched last year, would be released in late summer of 2022.

According to The Verge, he blamed the ongoing supply chain shortages for the long timeline.

"2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship," Musk wrote on Twitter.

Musk first announced the second-generation Roadster at an event in November 2017, promising that the base model could go from 0-96km/h in a staggering 1.9 seconds. He also said that the Roadster would have a 200kWh battery pack and a 992km range per charge.

At the time, production was scheduled to start sometime in 2020, but in January, Musk said that production would instead begin in 2022, the report said.

The delays might sting for people who have already put down deposits on the car - Tesla is taking $50 000 (R715 000) deposits for the base model and $250,000 deposits for the higher-end 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.

But, as per the report, it seems that are still some hurdles to clear until it can release the promising new Roadster.

Also, the production of the Tesla Cybertruck has been delayed until 2022.

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