Tesla has stated that it has acquired the ability to update its first and now-discontinued model of the Roadster that was introduced way back in 2008 to drive 400 miles on a single charge. This is the longest operating range for Tesla’s 100 percent electric vehicles. But there is a downside for the company as only about 2,500 vehicles were in existence that could receive the potential upgrade.
This long range feature has been made possible through combinations of innovation in battery technology along with improved aerodynamics and low friction tires. The company has stated that it will test drive a model from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to demonstrate the new technology in the first quarter of 2015. Roadster owners would be able to make appointments so that they can receive the upgrade by spring. And the cost associated with the upgrade has not been quoted by the company as of now.
The original Roadster launched in 2008 was able to travel 245 miles on a single charge, whereas Tesla’s latest edition, the S can knock up 265 miles with a single charge. U.S drivers on average drove about 30 miles a day according to study release by the U.S Government.
Tesla has not yet revealed the actual range of their upcoming Model X which would essentially be more affordable than the current Model S, which starts at $71,070 before incentives. The company also made it clear that no updates to the Model S are planned in the near future.
This move has although limited scope in terms of application but can be hailed as a reward for the company’s earliest customers along with believing in the concept of future all electric vehicles.