2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5

2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5

The Tesla Roadster was forced to bow out of the market last year due to Lotus choosing to end production of its own Elise and Exige sports cars, with which the Tesla shared a platform.

While this is bad news for electric sports car fans, Tesla is promising to build a successor though it won’t be on sale for several years still.

This second-generation Tesla Roadster was previously expected sometime in 2014, but now the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has revealed that its launch has been pushed back to late 2015.

The reason is not due to any technological hurdles but rather because Tesla will be too busy with the launch of its third-generation electric platform, which will debut in an affordable electric sedan due in the earlier parts of 2015.

Speaking with Inside Line at the preview unveiling of Tesla’s third model, the Model X crossover, which is due out next year, Musk said that he’d like to launch the mainstream model earlier than previously planned though he stressed that nothing was final. Unfortunately, launching it earlier would mean having to push the launch of the Roadster successor farther out.

The successor to the original Tesla Roadster is expected to share its underpinnings with the mainstream model. Not much is known about Tesla’s third-generation platform, dubbed “Gen 3” by company insiders, though we do know that it will be shorter, lighter, and cheaper to produce than the second-generation platform underpinning cars like the upcoming Model S sedan and Model X crossover. The affordable electric sedan it will initially spawn is expected to cost less than $30,000 and target the likes of the BMW 3-Series and the troubled Project Nina from rival electric car startup Fisker.