Tesla is arguably the company that single-handedly managed to popularise electric vehicles (EVs). The car that it all started with was the Roadster, which was launched back in 2008. The company had revealed the new Roadster EV back in 2017, with a sale date of 2020, which it missed. Now, in an erratic move, the company has reportedly removed the Roadster EV and its price from its official website. Also Read - Indian states invite Elon Musk to set up Tesla factory, but is it feasible?
The company had initially opened pre-bookings for the EV for about $50,000 (approximately Rs 37,77,625) and at $250,000 (approximately Rs 1,88,88,125) for the limited-edition Founders Series model. The removal seems to have sparked speculation that the company is already sold out the EV or that it might be making some changes to the specs or the pricing of the car. Also Read - Tesla is in a 'weird stalemate situation' with the Indian govt: Report
Take note, the webpage for Roadster is still available on Tesla’s website when visited directly or from Google. However, the company seems to have removed any mention on its website or the homepage. Also Read - This Indian EV company plans to open over 500 dealerships by end of FY22
To recall, Tesla recently also removed all the information regarding the specs and prices of the upcoming Cybertruck. The electric truck is currently undergoing testing and Tesla CEO Elon Musk also confirmed that the Cybertruck will now come with a high-end four-motor variant. Due to this, it was speculated that the information was removed to later be updated with the new specs and price.
As of now, Tesla has not revealed as to why it removed the Roadster EV listing.
No official updated timeline for the Roadster has been revealed, and it is being said that the launch could even get stretched to 2023. This is one of the most delayed EVs in Tesla’s history.
Tesla Roadster EV
Tesla Roadster EV will be the company’s first EV to come with rocket thrusters, thus making it the fastest in the world. At the time of reveal, the company had stated that the EV would be able to attain a speed of 0 to 100 kmph within 1.9 seconds, and will have a top speed of 400 kmph. Apart from this, the car would come with a 200 kWh battery, which will provide a range of 1,000 km on a single charge.