Tesla’s Roadster to return in 2014

Electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) will soon stop manufacturing its inaugural car the Roadster — its deal with Lotus, which supplies Tesla with the car body, was only for 2,500 cars. But now, according to reports, Tesla plans to bring back the Roadster brand in 2014 for a redesigned car that will be based on a new platform, which will likely be a tweaked version of the Model S platform.

Happy day for any of you that oh-so wanted a Roadster back in the day but didn’t get in line or have the funds. The Model S is Tesla’s second car that was designed as an electric vehicle from the ground up. It’s battery lies low and flat on the underside of the car. In contrast the original Roadster uses the Lotus body converted into an electric car. I think electric cars that are designed to be EVs from the start could do a lot to show buyers the unique benefits of electric cars.

Tesla Roadsters lined up outside of the Model S Beta Customer event