Elon Musk: Tesla Roadster Should Have Been All Tesla, No Lotus


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It should’ve been all Tesla, says CEO Elon Musk of the Tesla Roadster.

As GigaOM reports, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk now believes that it would’ve been easier to build the Tesla Roadster from the ground up, rather than on a Lotus platform.

Per GigaOM:

“Tesla should have designed an electric car from the ground up from the beginning, Musk said.”

Quoting Musk:

“We ended up changing most of the damn car…so we thought later, why did we do that.”

Tesla mistakenly assumed it could easily adopt the Lotus platform and that the AC Propulsion system would require no modifications for use in the Roadster.  Neither of the assumptions turned out to be true.

The Roadster is now a part of Tesla’s past.  The ground-up Model S is truly leaps and bounds ahead of the much-loved Roadster.  For Tesla, the Roadster was a learn-from-your-own-mistakes automobiles.  We suspect all future Teslas will be ground-up electric vehicles.

Source: GigaOM

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10 Comments on "Elon Musk: Tesla Roadster Should Have Been All Tesla, No Lotus"

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The fact that Tesla did not know that they would have to redesign so much of the Elise platform to make a viable Roadster shows that they did not have the engineering expertise at that time to do a vehicle from the ground up. They learned a lot from Lotus about how to build aluminum automotive structures and I honestly think that leveraging Lotus experience and their production plant was necessary at the time. Clearly they can now design and build much better automobiles due to the experience they have gained over these few years.

Well said. Mistakes are never a waste if you learn from them.

Agree 100%. Every legend has to start somewhere, no matter how imperfect or humbling that first attempt may have been.

Also, hindsight is 20/20.

If you’ve ever sat in a Roadster, it feels like a snug tight fit Coffin.

All kidding aside, it’s seriously a tight fit.

Don’t expect a fix for that, but maybe a 2.5 update for Roadsters to use the SuperChargers later this year…

A partial update to the Roadster could bring in more cash and keep them relevant longer…

It is unlikely that anything new for the Roadster would turn a profit for Tesla after accounting for engineering time. It’s more about goodwill to the owners who helped Tesla get through the dark days.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

A 60kWh battery, Model S motor, and Supercharging for $20k would kick ass.

I don’t know what you are talking about. The fit was perfect for a two seat roadster.

By having a recognizable car with a good reputation, they had 1 less hurdle to overcome with enticing the buyer. That was not a waste of time / money.