CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, told CNN on Wednesday that “supply chain shortages” continue to stress the automaker, and that the company is postponing deliveries of the new version of the Roadster until 2023.
He took to Twitter to announce the same and tweeted, “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. Assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023.”
While Tesla has been dealing with supply chain pressure, other automakers, including Toyota and Ford, have reduced production volumes to grapple with chip shortages.
It was in 2017 that Tesla revealed its plans for the next-generation Roadster, who's new version was scheduled to debut in 2020.
At that time, the company said “the next-generation Roadster would boast a top speed of at least 250 miles an hour, a 200 kWh battery pack that would deliver more than 620 miles of range on a full charge, and three electric motors enabling the Roadster to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds (and a quarter-mile in under 9 seconds).”
According to Tesla’s website today, “Roadster reservations require an initial $5,000 credit card payment, with a $45,000 wire transfer payment due in 10 days. The reservation money is refundable up until the customer signs a purchase agreement.” Musk and other Tesla executives have talked about supply chain problems and parts shortages earlier.
On the second-quarter shareholder call, Elon Musk said, “Tesla went through a big struggle to get enough modules that control the airbags and seatbelts in the company’s cars.” Stating the rising cost of parts and raw materials as the reason, on May 31, Elon Musk announced that Tesla had raised the prices for a few of its vehicles.