As Tesla focuses on the new Model S sedan and upcoming crossover, it will stop taking orders for the Roadster for two months. Tesla said that it won’t sell its current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 because of planned tooling changes at a supplier for the model. It would be sad to see it go because despite the criticism, there’s no denying that it served as an amazing marketing tool.
Tesla submitted a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month that said that it will unveil a prototype version of the Model X electric crossover before the end of the year.
Tesla said that it has to offer an additional 1.3 million shares of stock to fund the Model X. It’s likely that the Model S sedan will be more appealing to the market than the two-seater Roadster.
The Model S may arrive as early as the middle of 2012, considering that images of the completed car in its Alpha testing phase have come out. The company said that the Model S is a “pure electric premium sedan,” which will make full use of the electric vehicle architecture.
Tesla bragged that the sedan will have the most advanced design and technology in the automotive world and offer record levels of efficiency, have the highest safety standards, and have more cargo space than any other sedan. Model S could be fitted with an optional extended-range battery pack that can enable the car to go more than 300 miles on a single charge.
The high-performance Tesla Roadster Sport sports car is available via ordering from Tesla Motors Inc., the world leader in all-electric green vehicles.
Performance-wise, the Tesla Roadster Sport accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard Tesla Roadster. It features a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. The suspension system has been upgraded with driver-adjustable anti-roll bars and dampers, and the tyres on it are Yokohama Ultra High Performance tyres.
The starting prices for the Tesla Roadster Sport are $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe. Deliveries are slated to arrive in late June 2009.
Michael van der Sande, who is Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing, said that the Roadster Sport is priced lower but offers twice the efficiency of any compact hybrid sedan. He added that anyone who equally values performance and environmental friendliness will have the Tesla Roadster Sport as their “only option."
Tesla’s in-house developed and patented powertrain will be first implemented on the Tesla Roadster Sport. The San Carlos, CA based company aims to commence production of the Tesla Model S, an all-electric, zero-emission five-passenger sedan, in 2011.
There have been at least 150 Tesla Roadsters delivered, while the waiting list is currently estimated at 1,100 customers. Waiting customers can actually opt for an upgrade to the Tesla Roadster Sport.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect, said that the Tesla Roadster Sport represents the company’s “spirit of continuous improvement," and that despite the Roadster’s success, Tesla remains as committed as ever to advancing their company’s status quo.