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From the latest Tesla Motors newsletter:
Responding to customer demand, Tesla has negotiated agreements with key suppliers that will increase total Roadster production by 40% and extend sales into 2012. In the coming year, you'll find Roadsters in more countries as we expand to Australia and Asia. Customers in 23 countries have now taken delivery of their Roadster - last month we delivered the first Roadsters to Spain and Ireland.
Remember, at the end of January, we discovered that Tesla "announced," through its SEC filing for an IPO, that:
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.
Looks like some people didn't like that news, and Tesla figured it made sense to listen to them.

[Source: Tesla]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      At the time of the SEC filing, they probably didn't have a final agreement with Lotus Engineering Services and opted to report the worst case scenario.

      I any case, the Roadster's current design is already a classic in automotive history and will continue to be sold and resold for years to come.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not just buy the tooling and make it your self. think of it as a way to train up your work force before the start of the S class.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Running two assembly lines might not be that ideal for them right now. They have just enough money for the Model S assembly line, I don't think they can afford running both. And I think the ideal behind Model S is to have their own platform, so for the next gen Roadster they might be going with their own platform (maybe they can shorten the Model S platform to make the next Roadster).

        Sounds like they are just going to increase production now and keep enough extra stock so they can keep selling cars through 2012.
        • 6 Months Ago
        I really hope that Tesla can eventually purchase the tooling to continue on the roadster with tweaking to the chassis after all its still one of the best in the industry. The model S is going to be awesome I cant wait! I love to hear of small companys being able to make headway like this with all the doom and gloom you mostly hear its good to see Tesla able to keep going.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @neptronix
        I don't think the Lotus chassis is a good fit for Tesla to buy, considering the Model S is a sedan. Probably the chassis from the current MBenz CLS is a better fit (given they also have a partnership with Daimler).
        • 6 Months Ago
        Yep.
        Basically they buy the chassis from Lotus right now. To recreate what Lotus has fine tuned over the many decades would be a lot of work.

        I'm wondering if the Model S is their own platform at all though. Maybe they have the talent to build such a thing, but the stakes are high. The chassis takes a lot of R&D and for a small volume car, you're better off building on someone else's.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @neptronix

        The Model S is a completely new platform, designed by Tesla engineers and built by Tesla mfg. That's why they're hiring out the hizzy right now.

        This is really good news for Tesla, I was starting to worry about them when they were suspected to cease roadster production...Now they can keep making $$ on the roadster to help fund development of the Model S.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hallelujah :)

      I'm totally happy about this.
        • 6 Months Ago
        why, are you going to buy one?
        • 6 Months Ago
        I am planning to buy one this summer
      • 6 Months Ago
      In a way the combination Lotus Tesla always made sense, the occasional clever idea, however never a profitable business.
        • 6 Months Ago
        In every way, not sentence your make sense. Tesla achieved operating profit in July of last year - they made money on each Roadster they sold. But Elon Musk has bigger dreams than being a niche sports car manufacturer; I'm sure they're back to losing money like crazy developing the Model S (with investor money and the DoE loan) and opening additional dealerships.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They needed to make sure they had ample overlap between the start of the Model S production. It is best to keep revenue flowing while the Model S begins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's good to hear. I was starting to think they were going to die.
      I know that they survive on investor money & not sales, but not being able to sell cars for a while would have made them look a lot worse than they do now, to potential investors.

      I wonder why they have only sold ~1000 cars thus far... can't meet production? not enough people interested?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think it just makes sense to keep selling product while demand still exists.
        • 6 Months Ago
        The problem was IMO Lotus, stopping building Elise and switching to Evora.
        I'm glad they decided to build some more chassis for Tesla.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Ohm, Lotus has given no indication that they're discontinuing the Elise. As a matter of fact, they've just restyled the Elise with design cues from the Evora. The Evora is a bigger car than the Elise, with 2+2 seating, and it weighs about 50% more than the Elise. Lotus has said that they'll be building another two cars from the Evora platform. It's possible that one of them might be an Elise replacement, since the Elise has been around since the mid 1990s. Though the Evora is a bigger car than the Elise, I believe that the Evora is based on Lotus' concept of a flexible platform, where the suspension hard points are fixed, but that the length and width of the chassis can be changed by substituting different aluminum extrusions when the frame is assembled.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Awesome!
      Come out to see racing Teslas at the Power Of DC event, June 5 & 6th!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to move on from those old school laptop Li-Ions.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Their battery pack is not "old school". It's a very clever & practical design that:

        1) Avoids previous patents on large format cells.

        2) Allows Tesla to control price by choosing among existing laptop battery suppliers.

        3) Is future-proof, allowing them to switch to improved capacity cells when they become available.

        4) Gives the best EV range in the industry. They are the only production EVs with over 200miles of real range. No range anxiety here.

        Plus, they have patents on this technology and will continue to improve it with Model S and beyond. Pretty "new school" to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very good news !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, but when are they going to make a Volks' Wagen?
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