Tesla's long-promised, Roadster 3.0 battery upgrade is now available to order/reserve online!
The upgrade package includes a 70 kWh battery, a 40% capacity improvement over the original pack, which gives the new Roadster about 35% more range.
Tesla Roadster 3.0
This estimate is a little down from the first announcement of the program, but should still give the Roadster ~330 miles of AER.
Earlier this year, Tesla took the new battery equipped Roadster for a long distance spin and reported 340 miles of range (with more miles still left to spare).
Tesla explains the $29,000 pricing behind the package:
The price of the battery upgrade is $29,000, including all labor and logistics, which is equal to Tesla's expected cost. 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.)
Cost to reserve the new battery is set at $5,000, but no installation and timing is still a bit foggy -especially given the slow build out of the packs.
"Place your order today and you'll be contacted to schedule an installation appointment as inventory becomes available. "
Tesla also notes that the old battery packs will be re-claimed as part of the upgrade, and components in some cases will be re-used in other applications.
"All removed battery modules will be fully recycled or reused if possible, and we will reuse many other components from the old battery. Batteries are currently being upgraded in Fremont, CA and we will need sufficient time when scheduling your service to ship and pre-position the needed parts to your local service center. Depending on local service team workload the upgrade will only take a few days once the parts are in place."
No word yet on the cost for the companion aero kit and new rolling resistance tires that were announced as part of the Roadster 3.0 program.
Tesla Roadster owners can reserve upgrades here.