Tesla announces Roadster 3.0 package with a 400+ mile range

Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is the first car produced by Tesla Motors and between 2008 and 2012 more than 2,400 cars were produced.

In UK the Roadster was priced from £86,950 and it was really the first EV that people got people excited as it was the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles per charge. Plus it is quite fast!

Since the last car rolled off the assembly line in 2012 a lot has changed. Tesla is busy building the Model S and the battery technology has improved significantly.

200+ mile range does not sound that impressive today and to offer improved driving experience for current Roadster owners, Tesla has announced a 3.0 package, that takes advantage of recent developments in the field of battery technology.

The 3.0 package includes a new lithium-ion battery with a capacity of roughly 70 kWh, meaning it is roughly the same size as the original one in Roadster, while storing 31% more energy.

The 3.0 package also introduces improved wheel bearings, modern low rolling resistance tyres, a retrofit aero kit that reduces the drag coefficient from 0.36 to 0.31.

As a result Tesla estimates the range will improve by 40-50 percent, enabling the car to travel more than 400 miles (643.7 km) on a single charge.

The new battery is still in testing and Tesla hopes to have it ready for customers next spring.


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