Tesla Roadster Finishes 340-Mile Trip From San Jose to L.A. on a Single Charge

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If you’re moderately interested in Elon Musk’s work of making the world a better, greener and cleaner place by squeezing the immense potential of electricity, then you surely know Tesla loves road trips. Especially those that only require a single battery charge.
But first, let’s meet the test subject, a prototype of the Tesla Roadster 3.0 upgrade. For those who arrived late at the party, the 3.0 update was specifically designed for the Roadster, Tesla’s first electric offspring.

Announced in December, the Roadster 3.0 upgrade features consistent tweaks in battery cell technology, aerodynamics and rolling resistance. More precise, the battery pack capacity went from 53 kWh to about 70 kWh, an aero kit lowered the drag coefficient to just 0.31 and low resistance tires were installed on the updated Roadster. According to Tesla, these additional improvements will help the vehicle’s range bounce by 40 to 50%, to over 400 miles (644 kilometers).

As good as this might sound in theory, we all know that real-life conditions will get the last word on this, right? Well, here’s the catch. Tesla set up a road trip which will help the electric-car maker in evaluating the package’s efficiency. In other words, the test prototype embarked on a 340-mile (547 kilometers) journey between the Tesla store in San Jose and the Santa Monica Pier in California.

I think you already guessed the outcome of the journey, but that won’t hold us back from telling you that the trip was smooth ride, without interruptions. Finally, the Tesla Roadster 3.0 prototype needed less than six hours to reach its final destination, with 20 miles remaining in the battery pack.

Despite being a bit far-fetched from Tesla’s aforementioned improved range, the real-world test showed a visible improvement - by nearly 100 miles (161 kilometers) - compared to what the current car can deliver, which is something around the 244 miles (393 kilometers) mark. Yet again, as the famous Barrack Obama meme would put it, not bad, not bad at all.
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