Tesla’s New Roadster – Everything You Need to Know
Elon Musk has just announced a brand spanking new version of the Tesla Roadster sports car, the announcement was made late last night, and whilst as with any launches, the images are renders – we think it looks stunning. Here’s everything you need to know about Tesla’s updated model and even a little piece on their planned articulated lorry!
Whilst many forget, the original Roadster was Tesla’s first ever car. And it was significant. Not only did it put Musk and the pioneering company on the map, it also proved that electric cars could be more than just oversized golf carts – they could be genuinely cool. There’s been rumours of a Roadster revival for a couple of years now and Musk is finally making it happen in 2020 – overshadowing his own launch which was originally to unveil a pure electric lorry (more on that below).
Tesla has promised big things from its new Roadster, with the headline being 0 to 60mph in just 1.9 seconds. That’s quicker than your average F1 car or to put it more simply, really really fast. It will also do a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds and will have a top speed somewhere north of 250mph, making it the all round fastest production cars on the planet… OK, obscenely fast.
But while its speed is enough to make you salivate, it’ll also be, dare we say, practical? It’ll come with four seats (if you’re travelling with two tiny humans in back), a fair amount of luggage room, and most important – a range of 620 miles. That’s thanks to a 200-kilowatt hour battery pack – double what you get in the most capable Model S. Oh, and as a roadster, it is also a convertible.
Musk has always said he wanted to produce the best cars around, not just the best electric cars. And he may well be on his way with the new Roadster – it’s that exciting. It really stole the show on what was actually billed as a launch of their new articulated truck, and as the presentation drawed to a close, the trailer open and out rolled the new roadster – what a statement.
And the Tesla CEO is clearly excited too; “The point of this (new Roadster) is to give the hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”
Unsurprisingly, the new Tesla Roadster will have a base price of around £150,000 ($200,000), and reserving your spot on its long waiting list will cost you $50,000. Check out more details over at the Tesla Website.
What about the Tesla Truck?
Whilst the new roadster may have blown our minds, the every day changes to our lives may well come in the form of the a new articulated lorry. Featuring statistics that are equally as mind blowing as the roadster, here is a snapshot:
- Unladen, this lorry will get to 60mph in 5 seconds
- Fully laden (over 36 tonnes) it will take around 20 seconds
- 500 mile range on a full charge
- Both batteries and motors will be good for 1,000,000 miles, yes – 1 million miles
Some very bold claims and with the truck due to ship in 2019 and the roadster in 2020 – it’s going to be a busy few years ahead.