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.
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.
Roadster upgrade will enable non-stop travel from LA to SF -- almost 400 mile range. Details tmrw. Merry Christmas!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2014