Awhile back, Tesla Motors announced that they were hard at work on a comprehensive update package for the Tesla Roadster – the electric carmaker’s very first offering. That package has since undergone some amount of testing, and to see how well the updates work in practice, Tesla Motors set off on a journey from San Jose to Los Angeles, California, on a single charge.
According to the automaker’s website, the Tesla Roadster with the 3.0 package reached the finish line without a hitch, and even had about an extra 20 miles of range when it reached its destination.
The Tesla Roadster 3.0 package incorporates a new battery pack with revised cells, and components to reduce both aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. The package will offer an estimated 40 to 50 percent boost to range; the EPA estimated range had previously been about 245 miles.
This Tesla Roadster 3.0 update package benefits greatly from engineering lessons learned during the evolution of the Model S, and frankly, it represents an astonishing improvement in efficiency and energy density. As for what might be next for the Tesla Roadster, don’t count on anything coming along soon; the company’s hands are quite full at the moment.