Tesla’s New Rocket

Last week, Tesla had a scheduled press conference to announce their new commercial truck, which is expected to revolutionize the short-haul trucking business.  The truck is attractive, and offers some interesting features, but after the press conference, few people were talking about the truck.  Part of the reason for that is that Tesla didn’t announce a suggested retail price for the vehicle.

tesla roadsterBut the main reason that no one is talking about the Tesla truck is because at the same press conference, Tesla also announced the return of their Roadster, a car that they’d retired a few years back.   No, people weren’t necessarily excited to see the Roadster come back, but it was the stated specs on the car that had people excited:

  • 600 miles on a charge
  • 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds
  • 0-100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds
  • A top speed of 250 miles per hour

Six hundred miles on a charge is nice, and quite good for an electric vehicle.  The 0-60 in 1.9 seconds would make the Roadster the fastest accelerating car available for purchase today.  The 250 miles per hour top speed would also make it the fastest production car on the market.

Those are staggering numbers, and the cars that are currently available for sale cost anywhere from the mid-six figure range to the low seven figure range, and the Roadster would still leave them in its dust.

Price for the car, which isn’t expected to begin shipping until 2020, is $200,000.  A “Founders” edition of 1000 cars, which will be the first 1000 cars off of the assembly line, is priced at $250,000.  If you want one of the Founders editions, you’ll have to pay, in full, within 10 days of ordering one, even though the car won’t be available for three years.

tesla roadsterTesla, which is notorious for failing to meet production deadlines, likely won’t have the car ready by that date.

There is another thing that had people salivating, however.  Tesla founder Elon Musk hinted in a tweet that the specs offered for the Roadster were just “base model performance.”  He added “There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level.”

Even longtime car fans aren’t sure exactly what might constitute “the next level” for a car that already has jaw-dropping specs.  Nor are they sure what else might be included in that option package.  Some writers jokingly suggested that perhaps the car might be capable of flight.

Keep in mind that the stated 600 mile range and the stated top speed of 250 miles per hour are somewhat at odds with one another.  The car might be capable of doing 250 miles per hour.  It might be capable of driving 600 miles without recharging.

It is unlikely, however, that it is capable of doing both at once.  Speed takes a lot out of your batteries, and if you’re driving it at anything over highway speeds, power consumption is going to increase dramatically.

Still, the car will have buyers, and everyone is eager to see if the vehicle that eventually rolls off the assembly line will actually meet those specs.