Tesla has been toiling on making its new models even more fascinating. In the mean time the company isn’t leaving behind the ones that have formed the base of the new innovations. A delightful new package is being lined up for the earlier Roadster model so that it can be entirely resurrected as a two-seater model with some cool features.
The new Roadster 3.0 package is a result of Tesla’s lessons from the Model S, although it has had no big upgrades in recent times. The new package primarily lifts the performance of the EV with regard to three new aspects: Battery, Aerodynamics and the Rolling Resistance.
The lithium-ion battery put under the hood of the Roadster back in 2008 would have appeared to be a state-of-the-art piece back then. But with prompt development in technology, batteries have witnessed a spontaneous enhancement in terms of what it offers and Tesla has brought in the same for Roadster. The new battery cell in the package offers 31% energy hike than from the previous one, which will eventually let your Roadster cruise at 70kWh with the new package.
A .05 drop in the drag coefficient (Cd) is managed by Tesla with the new retrofit air kit, taking down the Cd of your Roadster from 0.36 to .31; an improvement of up to 15%. Similar improvements have also been induced with the new tire package that offers a rolling resistance coefficient of 8.9 kg/ton (11 kg/ton with the previous tires). That’s not it; there are also plans for improving the wheel bearings and residual brake drag which would further improve the rolling resistance of the EV.
So what do all these improvements bring in? The result is simply astounding as a 40-50% overall improvement in the performance is what Roadster 3.0 package offers for its EV. With these additions being carried out on effective driving criteria, Tesla claims the Roadster to run for over 400 miles on a single charge.
Tesla will be holding live demonstrations of their new package and as a proof for its claim, it will be having a non-stop run of the updated Roadster from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which stretches to more than 400 miles. The new package will also be rolled out in the first quarter, after which the safety validations for the existing batteries will be wearing out.