D he Tesla Roadster on the chassis of a Lotus Elise is the oldie in the Tesla model range. First presented in 2006, it went into production in 2008. Now Tesla is launching a facelift for the two-seater, which mainly revolves around the drive train.
Tesla Roadster with significantly more range
The newly designed battery pack, which is the same size as has been the case up to now, the capacity should have increased by around 31% to 70 kWh. A redesigned aero package is intended to reduce the roadster's aerodynamic drag. Tesla reports a 15% lower drag coefficient of 0.31. The mileage optimization package is rounded off by modern low-friction tires.
The bottom line is that the Roadster 3.0 package should increase the range to up to 640 km. The first test drives with the new roadster should be possible in early 2015. The new Tesla Roadster can be ordered from spring. Prices have not yet been announced. The roadster was discontinued two years ago in favor of the Model S sedan.