Are you one of those who put in a whopping $50,000 deposit to reserve a Tesla Roadster? If yes, then there’s some bad news. The second-generation Tesla Roadster has been delayed yet again. Originally announced to ship by 2020, the electric sports car won’t come any time before 2023 – as confirmed by Elon Musk, himself. The American EV manufacturer doesn’t have a PR department for quite a while now, which means most of the updates are given by the company’s billionaire CEO via Twitter. Strangely enough, the noise around the Tesla Roadster and the Cybertruck has died down over the last year or so. However, Elon announced the Roadster’s production debut has been pushed back to 2023 while replying to a Tweet.
Although, it’s not uncommon for Tesla to miss its launch deadlines, this time around the reason given is quite genuine. According to Musk’s tweet, “2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship.” Almost all automobile manufacturers across the world have been severely impacted by supply chain issues and semiconductor shortages. Just about all automakers are finding it incredibly hard to manufacturer existing products, let alone launching new models. Given the circumstances, it will be incredibly tough for Tesla to start production of the Roadster, which is expected to be a stellar success. As a result, the Roadster likely is at a lower priority for the company. However, it’s heartbreaking news for all those who have been eagerly waiting for the Tesla sports car.
[Via: Motor 1]