2012 Tesla Model S

In even stranger news, Tesla also is considering a very light pickup—something like the Honda Ridgeline—spun off from the Model X crossover. We think this would end up more of a lifestyle vehicle than anything else, for the active-lifestyle California-startup “bro” who goes for bike rides in the middle of the workday.

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Timing for the roadster and smaller sedan is tough to predict. Tesla has shown itself able to develop vehicles extremely quickly, but also has had trouble meeting self-imposed schedules. The Model X crossover is set to begin production at the end of 2013, and “significant” numbers of deliveries won’t happen until 2014. It’s possible that we’ll see the roadster sometime around 2014 as well, since it would again be a high-visibility flagship vehicle for the brand.

By Justin Berkowitz