Tesla Motors first came onto the automotive scene with a modified Lotus Elise chassis and a Tesla all-electric power-train, the Tesla Roadster.
Making waves in the market isn’t an easy thing to do, especially for a start-up company, but Tesla pulled it off, and has since perfected its electric power-train technology and has ditched the Roadster.
Model year 2012 saw the release of the first wholly-Tesla vehicle, the Model S, which this year was named “Automobile of the Year” by Automobile Magazine.
Could Tesla be reviving the Roadster in a new package? According to AutoExpress, it seems that Tesla might be doing just that. Tesla won’t be returning to the Elise platform, but sticking with the current Model S platform, but in a smaller, sportier package.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, hinted at a new supercar in an interview with Jalopnik, but so far nothing has been seen as far as a prototype.
The original Tesla Roadster had a range of over 200 miles and a zero-to-sixty sprint under four seconds. Hinted at being named the Model R, a purpose-built all-electric roadster I’m sure will beat those specifications. Tesla also plans on releasing the Model X at some point, a crossover vehicle, and one hopes that Tesla diversification will bring an affordable electric vehicle to the market for the rest of us.