Tesla working on a replacement for the Roadster

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2012

It will probably be at least five more years before Tesla starts production of a new electric two-seat roadster slated to be at the top of its expanding lineup of saloons and SUVs. Right now, Tesla is still in the process of evaluating this model. The original, Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster will stop selling this year to correspond with the launch of Tesla’s first self-developed model, the BMW 5-series-sized Model S, which is set to start selling next summer.

In 2013, Tesla is planning to introduce the Model X, an SUV with gullwing doors, that will make it to the UK by 2015. Tesla also has plans to offer a more mainstream model that will rival the BMW 3-series, estimated to arrive sometime 2015 or 2016.

George Blankenship, vice-president of sales and ownership experience, said that the small saloon would probably be situated on an all-new generation of its aluminium platform that will bring Tesla forward and would then be considered as the basis of all its models.

As soon as the small and medium saloons and a compact SUV are added to the range, there’s a chance to include a Roadster successor.

Blankenship said that the company hasn’t yet decided if it will produce another Roadster; however, it is considering a plan to offer a real ‘halo’ model in the range.

Meanwhile, the strongest Tesla will be the Model S Signature Performance, which goes up against the BMW M5. Tesla’s model is powered by a 416bhp engine that enables the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.4sec, a record that matches that of the M5.

Tesla Motors has publicly launched the sports vehicle of the future, the Tesla Roadster 2.5, this weekend at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Tesla Roadster 2.5 showcases enhancements in technology and style like a rear diffuser, sound dampening, front fascia, improved seat comfort, and a large touch screen navigation system with back-up camera as an optional feature. Enhanced interior sound reduction techniques, like the latest front fender liner material, make the inside of the car more silent.

Goodwood Festival of Speed is the biggest international auto garden party - a wonderful weekend that gathers celebrities, vehicles, and sports car royalty for the biggest car culture festival all over the world. Celebrated in the sacred auto grounds of Goodwood House, this yearly hill-climb bonanza commemorates everything about cars.

Tesla's Vice President of European Operations Cristiano Carlutti said that Goodwood is one of the most loved vehicle celebrations internationally and is a special event that takes place every English summer - so it is only fitting that this would be the venue of the public launch of the brand new Roadster.

Tesla Roadster has faster acceleration than almost any other vehicle in the market, making it the only production vehicle with more speed than a Porsche. It is also more energy efficient than a Prius. It is becoming the most frequent choice among drivers who require performance without being bothered by anything else.

The Roadster can travel an easy 200 miles per charge in various driving conditions, uses no gas, and plugs into traditional 220-volt sockets anywhere in Europe. It can be partially or fully recharged by wind or solar power. In fact, a client's Tesla Roadster has just set a world distance record for electric vehicles with 313 miles on just one charge.

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