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Elon Musk says Tesla Roadster delayed till 2023 as supply chain issues persist

Elon Musk says Tesla Roadster delayed till 2023

September 3, 2021: -On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that supply chain shortages continue to stress the automaker. The company delays the deliveries of the new version of the Roadster by 2023 at the earliest.

“2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter having 17 new products, as no one would ship. Assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023,” he tweeted specifically.

Tesla is not among automakers grappling with supply chain pressure. Other automakers, which include Toyota and Ford, have slashed production volumes to cope with chip shortages.

The new version of Tesla’s high-performance electric car was supposed to debut in 2020. Tesla also reveals the plans for the next-generation Roadster in 2017 in an event to unveil a heavy-duty truck, the Tesla Semi, which the company also has yet to mass-produce.

In the time, the company said the coming generation Roadster would boast a top speed of nearly 250 miles an hour, a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack that would deliver over 620 miles of range on a full charge, and three electric motors which enable the Roadster to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds.

Musk later promised the next-gen Roadster would be sold with a premium “SpaceX option,” which includes rocket thrusters to allow the car to hover far above the ground. He described it as a “full-on James Bond” vehicle in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

According to the website of Tesla, Roadster reservations require an initial $5,000 credit card payment with a $45,000 wire transfer payment left in 10 days. The reservation money can be refunded until the customer signs a purchase agreement. It will send to these purchase agreements near the date of production, says Tesla.

Musk and Tesla executives have discussed supply chain problems and parts shortages on earnings call in the latest quarters that emphasized the chip shortages.

On the second-quarter shareholder call, Musk said Tesla struggled to get enough modules that control the airbags and seatbelts in the company’s cars. A module limited the company’s production in Fremont, California, and Shanghai.

Musk said on May 31 that Tesla raising the prices for some of its vehicles and removed some parts from them because of the rising cost of features and raw materials amid recent supply chain pressures

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