The current Tesla Roadster will be replaced by a a large, four-seat sports car in 2013, company chairman, product architect and CEO Elon Musk has said.
He has also revealed that the company will launch two plug-in electric vehicles in the near future, in partnership with partner Daimler AG.
The new Tesla Roadster will be available in hard-top and convertible models, and with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, according to Musk, who added that work on the car had not yet begun.
Musk revealed, however, that the new Roadster will be built on the Model S platform, and that it will have four seats so that it can compete with the likes of the Porsche Turbo Carrera. He added that the rear seats will be 20 per cent bigger than the Porsche's.
"The back seats will be capable of handling someone up to 5ft 6in tall in comfort," Musk told Edmunds, "and the trunk (boot) space will be almost twice the size."
The first Tesla and Daimler joint venture will be the already-announced Smart EV roadster late this year. It will be followed by another affordable zero-emissions electric vehicle, but Musk has refused to elaborate beyond that.