31 Dec '14, 8am

Tesla Roadster 3.0 package ups range to over 640 km - Paul Tan's Automotive News

Tesla Roadster 3.0 package ups range to over 640 km - Paul Tan's Automotive News

It may have been nearly three years since the Tesla Roadster was discontinued, but it appears the company that built it still has great plans for its first production car. To that end, Tesla has announced a retrofit 3.0 update package that applies the knowledge gained from its newer Model S , helping the Lotus Elise -based electric sports car achieve a predicted 40-50% improvement on range. Tesla is confident that in certain speeds and conditions, the Roadster 3.0 can travel over 400 miles (640 km). It is so confident, in fact, that it will prove the quoted range is achievable through a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of the new year. The most significant addition is a new 70 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with its 6,831 cells each storing 31% more energy than before. A new aerokit will also provide a 15% decrease in drag, bringing the to...

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