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Tesla Offering Battery Pack Upgrades To Early Model Roadsters As Well Now

Going by a recent email to Roadster owners, Tesla will now be offering battery-pack upgrades to early model Roadsters, as well as to more recent models. Previously, Tesla’s battery-pack upgrade program for the electric sports car was limited to later model years only.

What this means is that all of those owing a Tesla Roadster who want to see their electric vehicle’s (EV’s) range substantially boosted can now do so. The battery-pack upgrade certainly isn’t free though, and actually runs as $30,000.

Tesla Roadster

While the Roadster is probably still not necessarily the sort of car that you’d want to drive for 350-ish miles straight without stopping for a rest break, those wanting to do so now can. On that note — I’m fairly curious what will eventually end up happening with regard tofu true Roadster models and the company’s autonomous driving technology. Will the technology work as effectively in a Roadster sort of car as it will in a large, relatively tall vehicle like the Model X?

Here’s a screen capture of the email in question:


As mentioned above, while an upgraded Roadster would certainly work pretty well for those taking a cross country trip, it may well be a better choice simply to do such trips in a Model S. On that note, see: Coast To Coast In A Tesla Model S On Autopilot

(Hat tip to Electrek for this.)

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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