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You read that right. Tesla Motors will stop building the Roadster in 2011.

Wired's Autopia was digging through the papers filed by Tesla to the Securities and Exchange Commission for its IPO and came across with this nugget:
"We do not plan to sell our current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 due to planned tooling changes at a supplier for the Tesla Roadster."
As everyone's aware, the current iteration of the Tesla Roadster is built in Hethel, England by Lotus using Elise/Exige underpinnings. Judging by the quote above, that means the Elise/Exige is due to be replaced by a new model (good news for enthusiasts), but that leaves Tesla up a creek without the proverbial paddle.

The other telling line is this:
"As a result, we anticipate that we may generate limited, if any, revenue from selling electric vehicles after 2011 until the launch of the planned model S..."
The Model S is due to come out in 2012, which means Tesla might not have any revenue coming in until the all-electric sedan goes on sale. If there's a snag with anything in the launch of the sedan – design, production, engineering, you name it – then Tesla's in serious trouble. That might make investors wary when the upstart automaker finally begins offering shares.

So, bottom line: If you want the current Roadster, order now, or wait until the all-new Roadster goes on sale in 2013.



[Source: Autopia]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't they know you have to re-skin the current roadster and give it a mid cycle face lift like everyone else does and call it the all new " " lol ::sarcasm::
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice edit, guys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Malcolm Bricklin delivered more cars than Tesla ever will.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We do not plan to sell our current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 due to planned tooling changes at a supplier for the Tesla Roadster."

      The key phrase would seem to be "current generation". That doesn't mean that there won't be a next-gen Roadster in '12 or thereabouts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "faster, open your eyes and look at the effing car...

        its a lotus elise. go look it up."

        It's really not. I own a Roadster and used to own an Elise in the UK, and they are totally different. Park them side by side and they look NOTHING like each other. Not a single body panel is the same, and the Roadster is longer, wider, and lower. There's quite a bit more legroom and it's much easier to get into and out of.

        "This announcement comes a week after they were given a $500 million government loan! Someone should be investigating. I wonder how this will effect the IPO? Will Musk be able to get his money out and run?"

        Seems like this has to be explained a lot. Tesla wasn't given this money. They have to spend their own money and then be reimbursed from the loan funds IF their expenses meet the requirements that the DOE set out for them (has to be for Model S). So it's not in an account, and nobody can walk away with it. They only get money as they incur reportable Model S expenses.. and, of couse, it's a loan not a gift. DOE gets Tesla stock, and that will help repay the loan.

        Additionally, the loan was okay'd back in June. What happened more recently was just the final paperwork going through. This wasn't a surprise or really newsworthy. Musk has way more than enough money... I don't think Tesla was a get rich quick scheme.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "As everyone's aware, the current iteration of the Tesla Roadster is built in Hethel, England by Lotus using Elise/Exige underpinnings"

        I do not agree with the statement that the Roadster uses Elise underpinnings. The Roadster development began with the Elise as a base to start from, but it is on its own chassis that is quite different from the Elise chassis. An end to Elises does not signal an end to Roadsters. They only share about 6% parts, and the chassis is not one of them (windshield, side mirrors, steering rack, some of the dash).

        It is NOT an electric conversion of an Elise. Just getting into one you know the chassis is very much different, with door sills that are like 3.5" lower and quite a lot more legroom. It's longer, and wider. The battery pack is an integral, structural part of the chassis, which was designed around it. The Elise chassis was definitely a bit more than just an inspiration, but it is NOT "the underpinnings" of the Tesla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        faster, open your eyes and look at the effing car, yes we know you have a fascination for anything this crappy excuse of a company shell out, but stop being a fanboy for a second


        its a lotus elise. go look it up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does that mean their new roadster will be based on the Elise's replacement? If that's the case, hopefully they're already working with Hethel on their new design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm thinking that Tesla is aiming to migrate onto their own platforms going forward. But basing the new model on a new Lotus certainly wouldn't be bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla is the Lane Kiffin of the automotive world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Tesla has one car and they plan to stop selling it next year and no new model to replace it until AT THE EARLIEST 2012.... sounds like a potential recipe for disaster
        • 5 Years Ago
        And they're actually planning an IPO?!? With soon to be no product to sell? Real bright. Great business model. Not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean a car company isn't going to be building the same car for ever and ever?!? NOWAI!

      How is the fact that a car company will stop building one model to make room for a new model considered news?

      Now if you guys had info/rumors/predictions what what the next-gen car would be, that would be a different story.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The important bit of information here is "2011".
        Why you feel the need to tell everyone that this isn't newsworthy is beyond me. You're not obligated to read every article on the site, are you?
        As a fan of Tesla, I found it interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A) The roadster is a Lotus that was hacked up to lower the doorsills (thus probably needing the battery pack to add back some of the lost rigidity)

      B) IPO + only product discontinuation announcement = $$$ for Musk and a big F-U to everyone else when the company folds (but on the bright side, no more a-hole Tesla drivers)
      • 5 Years Ago
      They already said to expect a 911 like Roadster with more room and better handling. I'm looking forward to their new models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stuff like this is why I still can't take Tesla seriously. Take away the hype and what are you left with? An electric conversion of another company's car and a 4-door concept car. Somewhere in the great beyond, Preston Tucker is groaning with heavenly despair. I'd like to see this company succeed, but c'mon already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "How is the fact that a car company will stop building one model to make room for a new model considered news?"

      because, uh, its the only car they sell and they will stop selling it next year?
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