Tesla Motors is finally taking care of their first customers with a hand built battery upgrade but, it's not cheap.
End of last year, Tesla Motor announced upgrades for the original Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Roadster 3.0 consists of a 70KWh battery, a retrofit aero kit and new tires with lower rolling resistance.
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Initially the upgrade was announced for Spring. After delays, Tesla is now accepting orders for the new battery. The other two upgrades are still missing in action.
The new 70KWh is giving the Roadster 35% more range and offers 40% more power than the original battery pack. This should give the Tesla Roadster about a 330 mile range.
What is kind of a shocker is the price-tag on the Tesla Roadster battery upgrade. Tesla charges a whopping $29,000 and is not even making money on these.
Tesla explains the high price with: "It is not our intention to make a profit on the battery pack. The reason the cost per kWh is higher than a Model S battery is due to the almost entirely hand-built, low-volume (only 2 or 3 per week) nature of Roadster battery packs. It also includes additional work to remove, upgrade, and reinstall the power electronics module (PEM.)"
Tesla is keeping the old battery and recycles it.
The Tesla Roadster battery upgrade can be ordered here. Requires a $5,000 deposit.
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