With the demise of the Lotus Elise in the United States, the Tesla Roadster's fate was sealed. With no chassis rolling out of Hethel, Tesla had to end production of the Roadster and shift its focus to the Model S and the just-revealed Model X.

But some kind of Roadster successor has always been in the cards and as Tesla's SEC filings revealed two years ago, the new sports car was supposed to arrive next year. But according to Elon Musk, the release of the next Tesla Roadster could be as far as four years away. And probably longer.

Speaking with Inside Line, Musk said said that Tesla's next project will be its "Gen 3" electric car; a smaller, mass-market EV that will carry a more affordable price tag. Originally, this new model was going to launch in 2016, but Musk revealed that the automaker is now "thinking early 2015."

While the escalated timeline is good for EVs, it's not good for EV enthusiasts. According to Musk, the next Roadster won't be out until after the Gen 3 launches, and that means Tesla won't have another sports car until 2016 at the earliest.


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      Alex C
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think this is necessarily bad news. Tesla already made waves with the original Roadster. Now they can focus on expanding their market offerings and wait until further battery improvements for the next Roadster. This just means they can have better batteries to work with, which will hopefully mean increased performance on the next Roadster.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex C
        it also means you have a car company with no cars to sell. it get's hard to sustain a business with no product. I'm glad they are so far along with the Model S, this could have been a bigger disaster had there not been a developed Pipe-line. And the mass market EV is really the best business decision. Look at all the biggest car companies in the world, everyone of them has been successful because they sold to the mass market, Ford, GM, VW, Fiat, Toyota. Ferrari and Lamborghini only still exist because VW and Fiat say they can... Maybe it's time to buy some Tesla stock...
      Brian Roos
      • 2 Years Ago
      When you think of how many Car companies have come and gone and made very few cars throughout history, the fact that Tesla is still getting ready to introduce its second model this year and third model next year followed by a 4th model is really a great accomplishment. Any DMC or Tucker fans should know this.
        purplewonagain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Roos
        Anything's possible when you have the govt paying the bills.
          Majerus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purplewonagain
          The government is not paying for Tesla's bills. Why spread this kinda of information when it is not true? Unless you have some legitimate backing you should stop making assumptions.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purplewonagain
          "Anything's possible when you have the govt paying the bills." Says the guy living in his parents garage. They took a LOAN from the government and the CEO guaranteed to pay the loan back if Tesla fails. Which means it isn't. They already sold their first years worth of cars before they even began production. Pretty damn good.
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purplewonagain
          They rely mainly on money they earned through the profits of the Tesla Roadster, the money of Elon Musk himself, and the money earned by developing and selling electric systems for other auto manufacturers, like Toyota or Daimler.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Roos
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      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will believe it when I see it. I don't see the company around that long. If they are it won't be under the same ownership.
        Majerus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        What makes you think they will not be around for very long?
      • 2 Years Ago
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