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Tesla's new Roadster 3.0 can go 400 miles per charge

The car is also significantly more aerodynamic than previous versions.

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Thor Benson
The Tesla Roadster is displayed at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center on January 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The high-priced electric sports car does 0-60 MPH in 3.9 seconds and has a 244-mile range. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
The Tesla Roadster is displayed at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center on January 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The high-priced electric sports car does 0-60 MPH in 3.9 seconds and has a 244-mile range. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey) | License Photo

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors has announced the upcoming Tesla Roadster 3.0 will be able to drive 400 miles on a single charge.

Being able to travel 400 miles on a single charge means someone driving the Roadster could drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Calif., without stopping, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Dec. 25. The company said it has identified a new battery cell that has 31 percent more energy than the cells used in the original Roadster.

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On top of that, the Roadster 3.0 is expected to be 15 percent more aerodynamic than the original Roadster, and the new Roadster's tires will have a 20 percent increase in roll resistance compared to earlier versions.

All of the improvements combined are said to give the new Tesla a 40 to 50 percent increase in the range it can drive on a charge. Tesla owners may not even have to be operating the vehicle during their 400-mile trip, as Musk has also announced this year that some of the new cars will soon come with "auto-pilot" capabilities.

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