Despite being announced nearly five years ago and debuting as a concept car—and Elon Musk claiming to already be driving one around at that time—the Tesla Roadster has yet to surface. Part of this delay was certainly caused by the “Great Shutdown,” but of course missing deadlines is classic Tesla. Even so, an interesting development occurred recently with the Roadster, according to Electrek. The American electric vehicle brand has stopped taking reservations for the still elusive sports car.
So far, no official word has come from Tesla or even an unofficial tweet from Musk about the fate of the Roadster. However, it does appear that that full information on its pricing has been removed from Tesla’s website—just as it has been removed from the Cybertruck’s page—and you can no longer put down $250,000 to reserve the Founders Series version of it. You can still put down a $50,000 deposit for a regular Roadster, but there is no pricing to let you know just how much you’ll be paying in total when (or if) it launches. Tesla does note that the reservation is still refundable, so if the final price is too high or it doesn’t materialize, you can cancel and get your money back.
Unfortunately, Tesla’s hard policy of not speaking with the media, even favorable media, means there is no way to confirm the fate of the Roadster. It’s very possible that the Founders Series has been sold out and there is new pricing on the way for the EV two-seater, so the old stuff is being scrubbed for the time being. Considering what’s been going on around the world in just the past two years, a price change—okay, an increase—is likely.
However, not seeing a new final price on what you’re putting such a large deposit on could be unsettling for some buyers. Tesla faithful aren’t most buyers, however, so perhaps the fans’ unwavering loyalty to Musk and the Tesla mythos will keep this price mystery from throwing a wet blanket on Roadster reservations.
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