Next year, the Tesla Model S will hit dealerships across the globe. Then, the crossover Model X will bow, likely followed by a convertible based on the Model S platform. But beyond that, Tesla Motors has taken to the tight-lipped approached. That is, until now.

According to Autocar, Tesla will launch a completely redesigned Roadster in late 2014. This electric Roadster – unlike the one that was still available in limited quantities in August – will not be based on a Lotus platform. Rather, Autocar reports that the Roadster will be based on a "third generation platform," likely a shortened version of the Model S' underpinnings.

It's this third-generation platform that Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk claims will "spawn a range of cars in the next four to five years." And, as Musk says, it will be a "mass-market platform." We like that these cars are becoming real, but we also enjoyed the days when everything was codenamed things like White Star and Blue Star. Remember that?


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      meh, it would be interesting if Tesla motors didn't have a track record of poor weight and aerodynamics. as well as cost. but who says they'll live to 2014 anyway..
      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      at half the price ?
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        it should even be less than half. an electric 2 seater is the simplest car. but Elon is not even thinking in terms of optimization. and because of that I don't think they will even make it to the second gen roadster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Yea, Dan. You know how that Elon Musk likes to put useless stuff into his cars. Oh and his rocket too. That just went to ISS. And came back in one piece. And he's got billions in contracts based on his performance. But he's a terrible engineer. Not like you.
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news if it happens. The Model S chases a far bigger market, but there is demand for electric sports cars as a fun car to drive on your predictable work commute and short trips. There are several competitors hoping to sell $150,000+ electric sports cars — SLS E-Cell, some Audi R8 e-tron version, wanna-bes like the Bolwell Nagari, Lightning GT, Venturi whatever — that were all no faster and less range than the Roadster. By 2014 they'll have low-end competition from Tesla. Life just got tougher for I wonder what this will do to all the companies that planning to make electric sports cars.
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they do a mid-engine, Lambo/Ferrari style sports car that's primarily a coupe, not a roadster.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fly by wireless
        mid engine? : ) should it be coal powered too : ) but I know what you mean. a real super car in different configs, not just a roadster. but it shouldn't be like lambo and ferrari, it should be much better. they are old thinking primitive muscle cars. they weight way too much and have little regard for aerodynamics. it should be a car like no other. Veyron murdering performance. the wooden stake through the heart of the combustion engine car. a car so quick and sophisticated that auto execs the world over slump in their chairs with an air of defeat on their faces. the one moment where they finally realize they were wrong.
      Ben Crockett
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to hear the Roadster will make a comeback. Not too surprised - it was the flagship model for the company, which arguably will now move to the Model S as current Roadster inventory sells down.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 3rd gen platform is supposed to be much cheaper than the current 2nd gen Model S platform. I've seen numbers for 3rd gen platform thrown around by folks on the net of prices between $20K and $45K. Nobody knows for sure at this point, but it is definitely targeted at being less than the Model S. So no wonder they've been keeping a new 3rd gen-based Roadster quiet while they've been selling off their current Roadster inventory. I could certainly be happy with a Roadster that is priced well below the current $57,000 Model S price slot. If Tesla can pull that off, they are going to make a killing.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        I predicted the new Roadster would kick start the 3rd gen platform. I expect the new roadster to have lots of add-ons. The new roadster sport will likely beat the current roadsters specs (2nd motor and 0-60 in 3 seconds?) but that'll cost big. I'd bet for just under 100K for the fully tricked out new Roadster. And finally, using that new smaller platform/skateboard they'll design the fabled 30K vehicle. And each generation and vehicle will have a signature edition limited run. As opposed to getting a Model S, I'm really thinking I might go for a loaded (max battery pack) 30K vehicle.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally an EV car company for the middle class tax payer... Not that the Model S fits that bill but they have all the intentions of building affordable (and efficient) EVs. Remember people, fancy EVs (or PHEVs) are completely pointless unless people can actually afford them.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        It will be nice to get cheaper Tesla's for the next generation. But keep in mind that since you are in Colorado like me, don't forget the Model S should qualify for Colorado's Innovative Vehicle state income tax credit that is projected to be $6,000. That puts the base Model S price after state and federal rebates at just $44,000 dollars (plus junk costs). Then calculate in your own personal gas savings to get a better idea of your actual costs (I estimate my personal savings of $10,000 dollars to come in just four and a half years -- other people's savings WILL vary). Calculating my personal fuel savings, it effectively drops my real price down to just $34,000 (plus junk costs) for 4.5 years of ownership. Then calculate in your best guess at resale value.... (I'm not gonna touch trying to put actual numbers on that one) After all the math, the base Model S is at least an upper middle class car, and not just a car for the super wealthy like the current Roadster.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          That's right, I forgot about your Cruise Eco you just got. Nice car. The cool thing about the Colorado Innovative Motor Vehicle tax credit for EV's, is that many EV's will continue to get the full $6000 dollar credit all the way through to Jan 1, 2016. This is because of how they cap the credit AFTER the percent difference has been calculated. This effectively eliminates the reduction in the percent difference calculation from the current 85% to the 75% calculation from Jan 1 2012 through Jan 1 2016. So at just over 4 years out from now, you could still take advantage of the full $6000 dollar credit. Just something for you to keep in the back of your mind for the future..... *grin*
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Here's hoping New Mexico joins the EV tax credit club. I just priced solar panels las week in preparation for buying my first EV. New Mexico is really good for Solar Panel credits, with Federal and State, you save a little less than half.
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Yes the Colorado EV tax credit is very generous... I used it with by Fusion Hybrid (RIP) It will begin tapering off starting next year though. Unfortunately there are only 2 EVs that are front wheel drive currently, though a heavy rear wheel drive vehicle may be acceptable for snow driving. I just bought a Chevy Cruze so I will be out of the market for at least 5 years anyway... I look forward to purchasing a next generation EV (possibly from Tesla) by then within the 30-40k price range hopefully with AWD and hopefully domestically built. For me that would be ideal.
          paulwesterberg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Colorado is looking really good these days.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        50-70K seems affordable for a large segment of the population. If you look at the number of luxury vehicles on the road those numbers really don't seem that crazy. I don't see a problem with hitting the 20K a year mark for the Model S.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Quite right, the US demographic is 4.7 million p.a.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Are you being sarcastic? I guess he did allude to that but I have little reason to believe it. BTW, the (admittedly chintzy) i-MiEV is the "EV car for the middle class tax payer". It is not an impressive vehicle but the one thing it has going for it is that is only around $21K or so (after the tax credit is taken into consideration). That is well within the affordable range for the middle class. If people really want an EV and don't have much money to spend, the i-MiEV fits the bill. Just be sure that the small battery fits your driving pattern. BTW, I pretty much see an EV every day that I commute now . . . that's amazing. Granted, I live in an area where one would expect them to be popular (Northern California).
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