Tesla’s Updated Roadster Will Offer Over 400 Miles On Single Charge


Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, announced an exciting Christmas present for electric car enthusiasts: an upgrade to the company’s Roadster will enable it to travel over 400 miles — or nonstop from Los Angeles to San Francisco, as Musk tweeted Thursday evening — on a single charge. That’s an increase on the previous battery by about two thirds!


The Roadster 3.0 will have the longest range of any electric car on the market and yet again Musk is proving the ability of electric vehicles. Of course they have already proven their green credentials, especially when teamed up with renewable sources of energy.


In a blog post on Friday, the company said the Roadster 3.0 will feature three main upgrades. First, using a new cell that has 30 percent more energy than the original (giving a now 70 kWh output), Tesla was able to boost the battery in the new Roadster significantly. Adding an aerodynamic kit to the car reduces drag by 15 percent and new tires along with other improvements reduce the rolling resistance of the car by 20 percent.


The prototype will be tested in the first weeks of 2015 with a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles.


“There is a set of speeds and driving conditions where we can confidently drive the Roadster 3.0 over 400 miles,” the company wrote. “We will be demonstrating this in the real world during a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 2015.”


Musk always seems to have something hiding up his sleeve and not a bad way to end 2014, hey? Really excited to see what Tesla and SpaceX have in store for us in 2015.



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