Tesla VP: Next-Gen Tesla Roadster to Push EV Envelope to the Extreme; Will Boast More Range and be Quicker Than Original Roadster

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 12

First-Generation Tesla Roadster

First-Generation Tesla Roadster

A year or so ago, it was widely believed that the second-generation Tesla Roadster would launch in 2015.  We now highly doubt that to be the case , but a next-gen Roadster is still coming at some point in time (perhaps by 2017 or 2018) and it’ll “push the envelope” to the extreme, according to George Blankenship, Tesla Motors Vice President of Sales & Ownership Experience.

Tesla Model S and Roadster Side by Side.  Soon a Next-Gen Roadster Will Debut.

Tesla Model S and Roadster Side by Side. Soon a Next-Gen Roadster Will Debut.

According to Blankenship, Tesla’s flagship Roadster  will feature cutting-edge technology “beyond what anybody else is doing.”

As Blankenship explains, Tesla’s focus right now is on the Model S and upcoming Model X.  Those two vehicles will be followed  by a significantly cheaper BMW 3-series competitor in 2016 or 2017.  But, as Blankenship adds:

“If you fast forward beyond that, we go back to the Roadster and do things that people aren’t doing and push the envelope. That would be the next-generation Roadster.”

Blankenship believes the next-gen Roadster will post numbers that beat the original in both range and acceleration.  So, look for the next-gen Roadster to easily exceed 200 miles on a full charge and to dash from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

Quoting Blankenship:

“The original roadster was a proof-of-concept car.  We did an electric car with over a 200-mile range and 0-60mph in under four seconds. Back then, no one believed it was possible.”

But it was possible.  Tesla then improved on the range figures with the Model S and feels confident that in a lighter Roadster, both range and acceleration will be vastly improved by advances in technology coming before the next-gen version launches in approximately 5 year’s time.

via Autocar

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12 responses to "Tesla VP: Next-Gen Tesla Roadster to Push EV Envelope to the Extreme; Will Boast More Range and be Quicker Than Original Roadster"

  1. bloggin says:

    It seems Tesla is going with the Model X before the small sedan, due to the fact that the Model X can use the same battery pack/platform as the Model S.

    But the smaller sedan would require a new/smaller platform, which most likely will be shared with the new Roadster.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Interesting possibility. We certainly are seeing that Tesla sees benefits in standardization of production. Heck, they dropped the 40kWh S, and that only has a few differences with the 60 and 85kwh machines, because they thought the volume wasn’t worth the tooling and testing.

    2. Anderlan says:

      The more I think about, the more I like this idea. Roadster was not Tesla’s platform. If Tesla builds a smaller platform for a new Roadster, I know they will totally want to re-used it on Bluestar. Vice-versa, if Bluestar comes first. Heck, they are probably designing the underpinnings of both intentionally at the same time, like you’re saying.

  2. Schmeltz says:

    I’m going to start by saying that I loved the original Tesla roadster. It was truly a piece of history that changed the auto industry and people’s perception of EV’s. But, I wish they would focus on the BMW fighter “Blue Star” car mentioned, over all of the other future projects. A new generation Tesla Roadster would be wonderful, but the bread and butter is the forthcoming Blue Star. That is Tesla the masses have been yearning for.

  3. GeorgeS says:

    What 0-60 in 3.9 seconds isn’t fast enough.???

    That’s what the original roadster did.

    Anything faster is just overkill right??????

    Wrong. 🙂

  4. kdawg says:

    I’m guessing your savings account will go from something to 0 in 2.9 seconds

  5. Bill Howland says:

    I predict Tesla will not come out with a new Roadster until their Used Car division has sold off all the old used Roadsters.

  6. Herm says:

    Is the platform of the Model S adjustable enough to make a Roadster?.. the issue with the Roadster is the lack of room

  7. Cavaron says:

    Premium maybe opened the market and gets the easy(er) money, but in the end, premium won’t change the world…

  8. Anton Wahlman says:

    What/who/when/where is the source for those quotations?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Quotes via George Blankenship (VP) to Autocar (UK publication) as he wasotherwise talking about a site in central London for Tesla dealership first dealership in UK (Apr 3)

      http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/bold-aims-tesla-roadster