Elon Musk says Tesla Roadster should ship in 2023

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming Tesla Roadster “should ship in 2023” in a tweet on wednesday. He blames the ongoing supply chain shortages on the long timeline. “2021 was the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter if we had 17 new products since none were going to ship,” Musk said.

Elon Musk first announced the $200,000 second-generation Roadster at a splashy event in November 2017, promising the base model could go from 0 to 60 in a whopping 1.9 seconds. He also said the Roadster would have a 200 kWh battery pack and a range of 620 miles per charge.

At the time, production was slated for sometime in 2020, but in January Musk said production would begin in 2022 instead. base model and $250,000 deposits for the more expensive Founders Series model.

Tesla has already adapted to the global chip shortage by replacing alternative chips in its cars and rewriting its software to support it, Musk said in an earnings call in July. But it seems that there are still some hurdles to overcome before the promising new Roadster can be released. And it’s not just the Roadster that offers a way out; production on the Tesla Cybertruck has been postponed to 2022.