The American based “green” automaker Tesla is planning to introduce a new Roadster in 2014 which will no longer be based on Lotus mechanicals, entering the Californian company’s lineup, together with a Model S, a model X crossover and a convertible.
According to the Brits over at autocar.co.uk, the eco-friendly carmaker will be developing a new Roadster model within three years which is expected to “align” to Tesla’s other vehicles like the 5-series sized Model S and the Model X crossover which will be coming next year along with a convertible expected in 2013.
The Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the new Roadster will be based on a third-generation platform which will be a short version of the one developed for the Model S. “This platform will spawn a range of cars in the next four years. It’ll be a more mass-market platform for cars like a 3-series as well as the new Roadster. These cars will supplement the Model S range”, as the Tesla official told autocar.co.uk.
Sadly there’s no word yet on the future Roadster’s performance figures, range or price but one thing is for sure: Tesla will definitely have some serious competition from new and small automakers that see a growing electric vehicle market.