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: Tesla’s Elon Musk promises the new Roadster for 2023, cites delay on ‘super crazy’ supply chain

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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that the redesigned Tesla Roadster likely will be available in 2023 due to this year’s “super crazy supply chain shortages.”

Musk qualified that by saying the new deadline assumes that 2022 “is not mega drama.”

Chips and parts shortages have dogged Tesla
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and other auto makers during the pandemic, with supply-chain disruptions persisting.

Back in 2017, Tesla said it expected that the new Roadster would be on the roads last year.

At the time, Tesla requested $250,000 in a combination of reservation fee and upfront payment from those wanting to secure the first 1,000 “founders series” Roadsters, which would cost around that.

The original Roadster was in production between 2008 and 2012. Tesla has said the redesigned ultraluxury sports car, expected to cost around $200,000, will go from zero to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, with top speeds of more than 250 miles an hour. The sports car will be able to go 620 miles between charges.

The new Roadster likely will be built in the California factory rather than the under-construction plant in the Austin, Texas, area, Musk has said.

Tesla shares inched higher on Wednesday and are up 4% so far this year, compared with gains of 21% for the S&P 500 index
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in the same period.

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