Musk Provides Update on Tesla Roadster and Announces New Specs; Deliveries in 2025

By Kevin Armstrong
Roadster Closer to Reality
Roadster Closer to Reality

In a series of posts on X, Elon Musk stirred up some late-night excitement, offering tantalizing details about the new Tesla Roadster. Musk reached back to posts from 2018 to update his 374 million followers on X with the latest progress, suggesting that Tesla is on the brink of unveiling a vehicle that promises to redefine the boundaries of the automotive industry again.

Tonight, we radically increased the design goals for the new Tesla Roadster. There will never be another car like this, if you could even call it a car. -Elon Musk

A Leap Toward the Future

Musk kicked off the series of posts by returning to old Twitter posts from June 2018 when he announced that the Roadster would come with a SpaceX option package featuring around ten small rocket thrusters, hints at capabilities far beyond traditional sports cars. These thrusters are expected to dramatically enhance acceleration, top speed, braking, and cornering, with Musk going as far as teasing the possibility of flight.

Beyond Boundaries & Timelines

In 2018, Musk reflected on his automotive journey, from choosing a McLaren F1 over a house in Palo Alto. He updated that tweet by posting you will love the new Roadster more than your house. There’s no telling what happened behind closed doors, but with Cybertruck now out the door, several bright, creative engineers have moved to the next challenge, and given Musk’s posts, there has been a significant breakthrough.

Musk confidently states that there will never be another car like this, challenging the very definition of what a car can be. Completing the production design and announcing an unveiling by the end of the year set a clear timeline for its anticipated debut, matching what was predicated at a recent earnings call.

Collaboration and Innovation

The collaboration between Tesla and SpaceX symbolizes a fusion of automotive and aerospace technologies, promising a product demo that could be the most mind-blowing of all time. Musk's assertion that the Roadster could achieve a 0-60 mph time of less than one second—remarkably stated as the "least interesting part" sets unprecedented expectations for performance.

A Brief History and What We Know

Initially earmarked for a 2021 release, the Roadster's journey to production has been met with delays. Despite this, Musk has remained steadfast that this promised vehicle will not only shatter performance records but also redefine what electric cars are capable of.

Tesla's ambition for the Roadster is clear: to create the fastest production car in the world. With a target 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of under 1.9 seconds and a top speed exceeding 250 mph, the Roadster is poised to outperform even the most advanced sports cars, including Tesla's own Model S Plaid. Slave Popovski created a cool simulation animation of a drag race between the Standard Tesla Roadster and the SpaceX thruster version. He states that thrusters are only on for 1.1 seconds, and he uses motion physics to simulate online figures.

The Roadster's engineering marvel extends to its range and battery efficiency. Equipped with a 200 kWh battery pack, it aims to set a new standard with a range of up to 620 miles on a single charge.

Previously, we’ve heard numbers for a base model starting at around $200,000; the Roadster is positioned as a premium offering in the EV market. The limited-edition Founder's Series and the SpaceX Package will cater to enthusiasts and collectors, highlighting the Roadster's exclusivity.

As Tesla prepares for the most mind-blowing product demo of all time, Elon Musk's vision for the new Tesla Roadster is not just about creating another electric vehicle but pushing the limits of what's possible. With its groundbreaking design, unparalleled performance, and the hint of aerospace-inspired technology, the Roadster is shaping up to be a milestone in automotive history. With its groundbreaking design, unparalleled performance, and the hint of aerospace-inspired technology, the Roadster is shaping to be a milestone in automotive history.

Tesla Is Ending Its Current Referral Program; New Version Will Arrive in “A Few Months”

By Cláudio Afonso
Tesla's Referral Program
Tesla's Referral Program
Not a Tesla App

Tesla shared on X that it’s ending its current referral program globally by the end of April. It’ll be replaced by a new one, but that is still “a few months away”, according to CEO Elon Musk.

When Musk was asked if the current credits would be lost, Musk responded by saying “No, just that new credits would not be earned until we launch a future referral program.” That means there’ll be a gap of a couple of months when owners will not be able to earn referral credits.

Tesla was always famous for relying on its community to promote its vehicles rather than spending millions (or even billions) in ad campaigns.

Through Tesla’s referral program — which started back in 2015— customers have been earning referral credits by having friends use their referral link when ordering a Tesla product or taking their first demo drive. At the time, it started with a direct $1,000 prize for the referrer but later evolved to a more complex system with different tiers and points.

Prizes have changed a lot over the years

In its latest version, scheduled to end by the end of the month, Tesla models (S, X, and Y), along with Powerwall, solar panels, and solar roofs, are available for purchase using a referral link. In this version, owners can redeem credits from merchandise to software upgrades for their vehicles. They can even redeem credits for several months free of Premium Connectivity or FSD.

The Evolution of the Referral Program

Tesla’s first referral program was released in July 2015 where customers who referred new buyers would receive $1,000 for every new Tesla Model S delivered. For those who were able to accrue 5 or 10 referrals for the US automaker, Tesla raised the bar and offered invitations to the opening of its Giga Factories or even a fully loaded Model X.

Over the first 2 years, Tesla significantly increased the value of the prizes and even offered free or discounted Roadsters with enough referrals. However, in 2019, Elon Musk decided to stop amid cost concerns.

The referral program was re-launched in late 2019 offering new buyers free supercharging for a period of time, FSD access, premium connectivity, or $500 off a new vehicle.

What’s Next

Given the considerable gap of “a few months” between the current program and the next one, it is expected that Tesla will bring a new structure with updated awards focused on minimizing Tesla’s cost while increasing the brand’s awareness.

Written by Cláudio Afonso | Info@claudio-afonso.com | LinkedIn | X

Tesla Reduces the Price of FSD and Various Models in the U.S. and Canada

By Cláudio Afonso

Tesla has reduced the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software, dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada. This move follows the recent 50% reduction in the subscription price announced on April 12.

Enhanced Autopilot Changes

The cost to upgrade from Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) to FSD has also been cut and is now a $2,000 upgrade for U.S. customers and CA$2,750 in Canada. EAP has also been removed as an option completely from Tesla’s site. Customers’ only option to get more advanced driver assist features in the U.S. and Canada is to now buy FSD.

In 2016, Enhanced Autopilot started at $5,000 while FSD was an extra $3,000. At the time, Enhanced Autopilot included features including Autosteer, Summon, and AutoPark, while more recently it also added Auto Lane Change and Navigate on Autopilot, which has the vehicle change lanes for you to remain on route to your destination.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

FSD Price History

 In April 2019, Basic Autopilot was added to every Tesla vehicle, which included Autosteer and Tesla restructured their Enhanced Autopilot and FSD offerings. The price of FSD slowly climbed from $5,000 USD in 2019 to a high of $15,000 USD in September 2022 before trending downward.

Date

FSD Cost

April 2019

$5,000

May 2019

$6,000

August 2019

$7,000

July 2020

$8,000

October 2020

$10,000

January 2022

$12,000

September 2022

$15,000

September 2023

$12,000

April 2024

$8,000

Subscribe or Buy?

With the previous pricing of $12,000 in the United States, Tesla customers who subscribed to FSD for $99 a month would need more than 10 years to reach the purchase price. With the updated price of $8,000, that drops to about 6 and a half years. It’s worth noting that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years.

This decision follows Elon Musk’s recent initiative to offer FSD demonstrations to all customers in North America upon vehicle delivery. In a recent communication, the Tesla CEO emphasized the importance of FSD, stating that it had become mandatory in North America to conduct a brief FSD test ride with customers before handing over the vehicle.

In the same email, Musk added that “almost no one actually realizes how well (supervised) FSD actually works” while recognizing that the measure could “slow down the delivery process”.

Price Cuts

On Saturday, Tesla also cut prices by nearly $2,000 on the Model S, Model X, and Model Y in the U.S. The Model Y now starts at $42,990 before government incentives. Tesla has also begun reducing finance rates in various markets, which could make their way to North America in the near future.

Written by Cláudio Afonso | info@claudio-afonso.com | LinkedIn | X

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