CANBERRA: A technology update has been announced for the Tesla Roadster, called the Roadster 3.0. It incorporates developments that were made with the Tesla Model S sedan, including a new battery pack and extended range.
Thanks to a new lithium-ion battery, which is about the same size as the one it replaces only it provides 31 per cent more energy, the Roadster 3.0 will offer a range of around 644km. This is a considerable step up from the current range of about 394km.
The new battery system is rated at 70kWh. Tesla says that while the original Roadster battery was advanced back in 2008 when it was launched, and in fact it was the first production application of a lithium-ion battery, technology has since improved substantially.