Tesla Motors officially announced that the Roadster 3.0 will receive all-new battery pack: battery will cost $35,000 and will increase range by 35 percent.
9/13/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Tesla Motors released more information about the Roadster battery upgrade.
The new battery pack will have 40 percent more energy than the previous version, therefore allowing a 35 percent increase in range.
The pack will be hand-built at low volume and Tesla doesn’t aim at making any profit on the upgrade – battery pack will cost only $29,000.
Tesla originally announced the upgrade last year. The original announcement mentioned a potential range of 400 miles (640 kilometers) with not only a new battery pack, but also better aerodynamics and tires.
Owners need to place a $5,000 deposit for the company to start building the battery pack and plan the upgrade. On the Tesla Motors Club forum, a few owners have already confirmed having placed their deposit.
How many people will buy Tesla’s battery pack?
Tesla sold roughly 2,400 Roadsters during its original run between 2008 and 2012. It will be interesting to see how many owners will choose to upgrade the battery pack, but apparently the company is not expecting a lot of takers with a planned production of only “2 or 3 per week”.
At this rate, it would take 3 years just to replace 20% of the battery packs.
Anyway, it’s not about money, so let’s be happy with the fact that Roadster drivers have such option.