Tesla Motors Ending Production of its Famed Roadster

 

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Come 2011, Tesla Motors plans to stop selling its famed roadster. Why? Because no one will build it.

Deep within the Securities and Exchange Commission paperwork Tesla filed ahead of its IPO was the announcement. The two-seater–and its souped up Roadster Sport sibling–will end production next year. If there is a replacement, it won’t be available until 2013…at the earliest.





“We do not plan to sell our current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 due to planned tooling changes at a supplier for the Tesla Roadster,” the company wrote in the filing. The Roadster is currently built by Lotus.

Tesla’s Model S is one thing keeping the Roadster on the back burner. That model hits production in 2012 using the $465 million it just secured from the Department of Energy. Essentially, Tesla will have no cars to sell and therefore no revenue coming in for a full year.

Scary since the Roadster is the car that put Tesla on the map. Hopefully nothing goes wrong with the Model S.

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Source: Wired





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  • ChuckL

    This is a clear example of why subsidies should ONLY be done with Tax exemptions.

  • ChuckL

    This is a clear example of why subsidies should ONLY be done with Tax exemptions.

  • ChuckL

    This is a clear example of why subsidies should ONLY be done with Tax exemptions.

  • That sure is putting a lot of eggs in one basket, but it sounds like they are planning around it.

    I just wonder if people will buy up the current Roadsters while they still can or wait for the Model S?

  • That sure is putting a lot of eggs in one basket, but it sounds like they are planning around it.

    I just wonder if people will buy up the current Roadsters while they still can or wait for the Model S?

  • Roberta Tunsel

    These car guys just lie and lie.. Chrysler and GM said “Oh everything will be rosy if you just give us billions in bailout and now we know they fully knew they were going to go bankrupt, they were just hyping it up in order to grab some more cash, Tesla is the same but more. So let me get this right, the Tesla head guy paid GQ magazine to write an article about how arrogant he is and ditched his smart wife and left her with 5 kids for a teenie bopper that he was cheating with. He hires tons of escorts that blog about him afterwards. They announced a battery deal to raise their valuation when they really only signed a generic MOU.

    They have multiple lawsuits against them by other companies and the founder. They may have a car that causes cancer from battery EMF. They have created a pool of past staff that write endless blogs about how bad they are. They raised prices on customers who had already paid because they had no idea how to build a car. They lied to the City of San Jose about their factory plans. They applied for their only source of funds from the federal ATVM loan without even reading the rules that told them in advance they should never try to build a factory and is trying to sell an insanely expensive car in a depression while every investor has deeply reviewed them and turned them down and Musk won’t even put his money in (of which he has hundreds of millions) and all of their technology has now been superseded by Fisker, Bright and others with cars that do more for 2/3rds less money. They only got their ATVM money because the two local guys from the DOE big accounting consultancy knew the Tesla people. Tesla employees are so ready to jump ship that Musk spies on them with fake internal email. The head executive there put shills inside of other competing electric car companies to sabotage their funding and technology efforts and screwed up Aptera, Zap, and others. So:

    Marty, the founder of Tesla, has said that Musk is a “liar”, “cheat”, “manipulator” and has “no idea what he is doing”

    Musk abandoned his wife and kids for a teeny bopper actress and cheated on his marriage vows

    Musk blew tens of millions of dollars on wasted engineering and office fluff that has never been, and never will be, used in the car and that has been proved to be wrong by the new engineering staff.

    Tesla has sent a pitch letter to almost every VC on Earth and not a single one of them will invest in Tesla because their investigations in due diligence showed the company to be so poorly managed and to have one of the worst debt and financial structures in industry.

    Musk had his PR liaison pay GQ magazine to write an article about him about what a stud muffin he was so he could get more dates.

    The company has increasing numbers of lawsuits against them and most of those are for ethics issues.

    The company needs to sell 1000 cars per day to even come within a hair of meeting their investor, financial and operational costs. They are barely within 5% of that figure.

    Now that so many people have quit or left GM , they have revealed that the EV1 (Who killed the electric car) was recalled and crushed because the battery pack was shown to cause cancer. When Musk was told the Tesla battery pack could also cause cancer, he told the engineers to “not dwell on non-issues”.

    Tesla conned the city of San Jose and other politicians to write letters for their DOE loan knowing full well they were never going to put a factory in San Jose because it was too expensive to ever do that.

    Tesla applied for the DOE loaned even though they do not have the viability or debt ratio to qualify. Tesla has worse financials than Chrysler.

    Fisker, Shelby, Bright and dozens of other companies now offer more EV, faster EV, more features in an EV for less money, so there is no reason to buy a Tesla now.

    No customer is going to install a 220V or 440 V extra plug on their house and pay for that and the extra energy in any volume.

    Musk spied on his staff unethically and created a work environment where nobody cares about the company or the car so the quality is in the hole.

    Darryl Sir, Marty the founder, and hosts of famous people have left and blogged or tattled at tech parties on the extreme ills of Musk.

    Musk spends almost 400K per month on PR services to exploit his name instead of his company brand.

    Tesla changed the prices after customers bought cars because they still are too screwed up to figure out how much their only product costs. If they can’t figure out the cost, then they can’t figure out the engineering so expect a wheel to fly off at 70MPH. Look at how many Tesla’s have already been wrecked. Many times more than Fiskers.

    Tesla has wasted so much money that they can never make money so that now Musk funds the company from his PayPal money but it is running out.

    Musk’s ex wife does not want to make direct trouble in order to not screw up the alimony but she writes on blogs as “Nancy” or “Ellie” to reveal the true inside stuff she knows about Musk and it isn’t good.

    If you buy a Tesla you must REQUIRE an audited copy of their financials, signed, if you want to protect your money.

  • Roberta Tunsel

    These car guys just lie and lie.. Chrysler and GM said “Oh everything will be rosy if you just give us billions in bailout and now we know they fully knew they were going to go bankrupt, they were just hyping it up in order to grab some more cash, Tesla is the same but more. So let me get this right, the Tesla head guy paid GQ magazine to write an article about how arrogant he is and ditched his smart wife and left her with 5 kids for a teenie bopper that he was cheating with. He hires tons of escorts that blog about him afterwards. They announced a battery deal to raise their valuation when they really only signed a generic MOU.

    They have multiple lawsuits against them by other companies and the founder. They may have a car that causes cancer from battery EMF. They have created a pool of past staff that write endless blogs about how bad they are. They raised prices on customers who had already paid because they had no idea how to build a car. They lied to the City of San Jose about their factory plans. They applied for their only source of funds from the federal ATVM loan without even reading the rules that told them in advance they should never try to build a factory and is trying to sell an insanely expensive car in a depression while every investor has deeply reviewed them and turned them down and Musk won’t even put his money in (of which he has hundreds of millions) and all of their technology has now been superseded by Fisker, Bright and others with cars that do more for 2/3rds less money. They only got their ATVM money because the two local guys from the DOE big accounting consultancy knew the Tesla people. Tesla employees are so ready to jump ship that Musk spies on them with fake internal email. The head executive there put shills inside of other competing electric car companies to sabotage their funding and technology efforts and screwed up Aptera, Zap, and others. So:

    Marty, the founder of Tesla, has said that Musk is a “liar”, “cheat”, “manipulator” and has “no idea what he is doing”

    Musk abandoned his wife and kids for a teeny bopper actress and cheated on his marriage vows

    Musk blew tens of millions of dollars on wasted engineering and office fluff that has never been, and never will be, used in the car and that has been proved to be wrong by the new engineering staff.

    Tesla has sent a pitch letter to almost every VC on Earth and not a single one of them will invest in Tesla because their investigations in due diligence showed the company to be so poorly managed and to have one of the worst debt and financial structures in industry.

    Musk had his PR liaison pay GQ magazine to write an article about him about what a stud muffin he was so he could get more dates.

    The company has increasing numbers of lawsuits against them and most of those are for ethics issues.

    The company needs to sell 1000 cars per day to even come within a hair of meeting their investor, financial and operational costs. They are barely within 5% of that figure.

    Now that so many people have quit or left GM , they have revealed that the EV1 (Who killed the electric car) was recalled and crushed because the battery pack was shown to cause cancer. When Musk was told the Tesla battery pack could also cause cancer, he told the engineers to “not dwell on non-issues”.

    Tesla conned the city of San Jose and other politicians to write letters for their DOE loan knowing full well they were never going to put a factory in San Jose because it was too expensive to ever do that.

    Tesla applied for the DOE loaned even though they do not have the viability or debt ratio to qualify. Tesla has worse financials than Chrysler.

    Fisker, Shelby, Bright and dozens of other companies now offer more EV, faster EV, more features in an EV for less money, so there is no reason to buy a Tesla now.

    No customer is going to install a 220V or 440 V extra plug on their house and pay for that and the extra energy in any volume.

    Musk spied on his staff unethically and created a work environment where nobody cares about the company or the car so the quality is in the hole.

    Darryl Sir, Marty the founder, and hosts of famous people have left and blogged or tattled at tech parties on the extreme ills of Musk.

    Musk spends almost 400K per month on PR services to exploit his name instead of his company brand.

    Tesla changed the prices after customers bought cars because they still are too screwed up to figure out how much their only product costs. If they can’t figure out the cost, then they can’t figure out the engineering so expect a wheel to fly off at 70MPH. Look at how many Tesla’s have already been wrecked. Many times more than Fiskers.

    Tesla has wasted so much money that they can never make money so that now Musk funds the company from his PayPal money but it is running out.

    Musk’s ex wife does not want to make direct trouble in order to not screw up the alimony but she writes on blogs as “Nancy” or “Ellie” to reveal the true inside stuff she knows about Musk and it isn’t good.

    If you buy a Tesla you must REQUIRE an audited copy of their financials, signed, if you want to protect your money.

  • Roberta Tunsel

    These car guys just lie and lie.. Chrysler and GM said “Oh everything will be rosy if you just give us billions in bailout and now we know they fully knew they were going to go bankrupt, they were just hyping it up in order to grab some more cash, Tesla is the same but more. So let me get this right, the Tesla head guy paid GQ magazine to write an article about how arrogant he is and ditched his smart wife and left her with 5 kids for a teenie bopper that he was cheating with. He hires tons of escorts that blog about him afterwards. They announced a battery deal to raise their valuation when they really only signed a generic MOU.

    They have multiple lawsuits against them by other companies and the founder. They may have a car that causes cancer from battery EMF. They have created a pool of past staff that write endless blogs about how bad they are. They raised prices on customers who had already paid because they had no idea how to build a car. They lied to the City of San Jose about their factory plans. They applied for their only source of funds from the federal ATVM loan without even reading the rules that told them in advance they should never try to build a factory and is trying to sell an insanely expensive car in a depression while every investor has deeply reviewed them and turned them down and Musk won’t even put his money in (of which he has hundreds of millions) and all of their technology has now been superseded by Fisker, Bright and others with cars that do more for 2/3rds less money. They only got their ATVM money because the two local guys from the DOE big accounting consultancy knew the Tesla people. Tesla employees are so ready to jump ship that Musk spies on them with fake internal email. The head executive there put shills inside of other competing electric car companies to sabotage their funding and technology efforts and screwed up Aptera, Zap, and others. So:

    Marty, the founder of Tesla, has said that Musk is a “liar”, “cheat”, “manipulator” and has “no idea what he is doing”

    Musk abandoned his wife and kids for a teeny bopper actress and cheated on his marriage vows

    Musk blew tens of millions of dollars on wasted engineering and office fluff that has never been, and never will be, used in the car and that has been proved to be wrong by the new engineering staff.

    Tesla has sent a pitch letter to almost every VC on Earth and not a single one of them will invest in Tesla because their investigations in due diligence showed the company to be so poorly managed and to have one of the worst debt and financial structures in industry.

    Musk had his PR liaison pay GQ magazine to write an article about him about what a stud muffin he was so he could get more dates.

    The company has increasing numbers of lawsuits against them and most of those are for ethics issues.

    The company needs to sell 1000 cars per day to even come within a hair of meeting their investor, financial and operational costs. They are barely within 5% of that figure.

    Now that so many people have quit or left GM , they have revealed that the EV1 (Who killed the electric car) was recalled and crushed because the battery pack was shown to cause cancer. When Musk was told the Tesla battery pack could also cause cancer, he told the engineers to “not dwell on non-issues”.

    Tesla conned the city of San Jose and other politicians to write letters for their DOE loan knowing full well they were never going to put a factory in San Jose because it was too expensive to ever do that.

    Tesla applied for the DOE loaned even though they do not have the viability or debt ratio to qualify. Tesla has worse financials than Chrysler.

    Fisker, Shelby, Bright and dozens of other companies now offer more EV, faster EV, more features in an EV for less money, so there is no reason to buy a Tesla now.

    No customer is going to install a 220V or 440 V extra plug on their house and pay for that and the extra energy in any volume.

    Musk spied on his staff unethically and created a work environment where nobody cares about the company or the car so the quality is in the hole.

    Darryl Sir, Marty the founder, and hosts of famous people have left and blogged or tattled at tech parties on the extreme ills of Musk.

    Musk spends almost 400K per month on PR services to exploit his name instead of his company brand.

    Tesla changed the prices after customers bought cars because they still are too screwed up to figure out how much their only product costs. If they can’t figure out the cost, then they can’t figure out the engineering so expect a wheel to fly off at 70MPH. Look at how many Tesla’s have already been wrecked. Many times more than Fiskers.

    Tesla has wasted so much money that they can never make money so that now Musk funds the company from his PayPal money but it is running out.

    Musk’s ex wife does not want to make direct trouble in order to not screw up the alimony but she writes on blogs as “Nancy” or “Ellie” to reveal the true inside stuff she knows about Musk and it isn’t good.

    If you buy a Tesla you must REQUIRE an audited copy of their financials, signed, if you want to protect your money.

  • Roberta Tunsel

    These car guys just lie and lie.. Chrysler and GM said “Oh everything will be rosy if you just give us billions in bailout and now we know they fully knew they were going to go bankrupt, they were just hyping it up in order to grab some more cash, Tesla is the same but more. So let me get this right, the Tesla head guy paid GQ magazine to write an article about how arrogant he is and ditched his smart wife and left her with 5 kids for a teenie bopper that he was cheating with. He hires tons of escorts that blog about him afterwards. They announced a battery deal to raise their valuation when they really only signed a generic MOU.

    They have multiple lawsuits against them by other companies and the founder. They may have a car that causes cancer from battery EMF. They have created a pool of past staff that write endless blogs about how bad they are. They raised prices on customers who had already paid because they had no idea how to build a car. They lied to the City of San Jose about their factory plans. They applied for their only source of funds from the federal ATVM loan without even reading the rules that told them in advance they should never try to build a factory and is trying to sell an insanely expensive car in a depression while every investor has deeply reviewed them and turned them down and Musk won’t even put his money in (of which he has hundreds of millions) and all of their technology has now been superseded by Fisker, Bright and others with cars that do more for 2/3rds less money. They only got their ATVM money because the two local guys from the DOE big accounting consultancy knew the Tesla people. Tesla employees are so ready to jump ship that Musk spies on them with fake internal email. The head executive there put shills inside of other competing electric car companies to sabotage their funding and technology efforts and screwed up Aptera, Zap, and others. So:

    Marty, the founder of Tesla, has said that Musk is a “liar”, “cheat”, “manipulator” and has “no idea what he is doing”

    Musk abandoned his wife and kids for a teeny bopper actress and cheated on his marriage vows

    Musk blew tens of millions of dollars on wasted engineering and office fluff that has never been, and never will be, used in the car and that has been proved to be wrong by the new engineering staff.

    Tesla has sent a pitch letter to almost every VC on Earth and not a single one of them will invest in Tesla because their investigations in due diligence showed the company to be so poorly managed and to have one of the worst debt and financial structures in industry.

    Musk had his PR liaison pay GQ magazine to write an article about him about what a stud muffin he was so he could get more dates.

    The company has increasing numbers of lawsuits against them and most of those are for ethics issues.

    The company needs to sell 1000 cars per day to even come within a hair of meeting their investor, financial and operational costs. They are barely within 5% of that figure.

    Now that so many people have quit or left GM , they have revealed that the EV1 (Who killed the electric car) was recalled and crushed because the battery pack was shown to cause cancer. When Musk was told the Tesla battery pack could also cause cancer, he told the engineers to “not dwell on non-issues”.

    Tesla conned the city of San Jose and other politicians to write letters for their DOE loan knowing full well they were never going to put a factory in San Jose because it was too expensive to ever do that.

    Tesla applied for the DOE loaned even though they do not have the viability or debt ratio to qualify. Tesla has worse financials than Chrysler.

    Fisker, Shelby, Bright and dozens of other companies now offer more EV, faster EV, more features in an EV for less money, so there is no reason to buy a Tesla now.

    No customer is going to install a 220V or 440 V extra plug on their house and pay for that and the extra energy in any volume.

    Musk spied on his staff unethically and created a work environment where nobody cares about the company or the car so the quality is in the hole.

    Darryl Sir, Marty the founder, and hosts of famous people have left and blogged or tattled at tech parties on the extreme ills of Musk.

    Musk spends almost 400K per month on PR services to exploit his name instead of his company brand.

    Tesla changed the prices after customers bought cars because they still are too screwed up to figure out how much their only product costs. If they can’t figure out the cost, then they can’t figure out the engineering so expect a wheel to fly off at 70MPH. Look at how many Tesla’s have already been wrecked. Many times more than Fiskers.

    Tesla has wasted so much money that they can never make money so that now Musk funds the company from his PayPal money but it is running out.

    Musk’s ex wife does not want to make direct trouble in order to not screw up the alimony but she writes on blogs as “Nancy” or “Ellie” to reveal the true inside stuff she knows about Musk and it isn’t good.

    If you buy a Tesla you must REQUIRE an audited copy of their financials, signed, if you want to protect your money.