The Tesla Roadster put Tesla on the map. The sought after electric sports car is based on the Lotus Glider and was produced between 2008 and 2012. A total of 2450 Tesla Roadsters were sold over the period. Production stopped when the Tesla could not secure further Tesla gliders after the initial contract with Lotus to supply 2,500 units came to an end. Tesla will release a new Tesla Roadster in 2019.