Tesla CEO Reveals Second-Gen Roadster to Launch in 2015

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The Roadster’s replacement will remain on the back burner until the launch of the mass market EV.
The Tesla Roadster shared a platform with the Elise and Exige so when Lotus ended production of these sports cars, the Roadster had no choice but to bow out of the market. A successor has been promised and the second-generation Tesla Roadster was expected to arrive sometime in 2014. However Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, has revealed the launch has been pushed back to late 2015.
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Speaking with Inside Line, Musk said that the replacement roadster will be delayed until after the company launches its 'Gen 3' electric car, a smaller and less expensive EV for the masses. It was initially planned to bring the third-gen Tesla to market in 2016, but Musk said that "we're now thinking early 2015." An unfortunate side-effect of this is that the launch of the Roadster successor will have to be pushed back. Tesla's Gen 3 platform will be shorter, lighter and cheaper to make than the second-gen platform that underpins the upcoming Model X crossover and Model S Sedan.
The original Tesla Roadster's successor will share its underpinnings with the mainstream model, which is set to rival the likes of the BMW 3-Series and come in at less than $30,000. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

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