Tesla has a brand new $29,000 battery improve for its previous Roadsters

Tesla has a new $29,000 battery upgrade for its old Roadsters

In August 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about “a pretty thrilling improve” (i.e., an improved battery pack) to the corporate’s first automotive, the Lotus-based mostly Roadster. Right now, we will lastly put a price ticket on what it’s going to value you to offer your ageing all-electrical sports activities automotive round 35-% extra power capability and round forty-% extra vary. Briefly, getting the brand new, roughly 70-kWh pack will set you again $29,000. Be warned: The brand new pack is heavier than the older one.

In April, Musk stated that the brand new Roadster battery would probably be obtainable by August. Nicely, that did not occur, however you possibly can at the very least now reserve your new pack for $5,000. Tesla says the price is so excessive (larger per kWh than the Mannequin S pack) as a result of it has to construct these by hand after which simply two or three every week. Add within the time and price to switch the pack and the facility electronics, and you may see why this improve prices a bit greater than a purchase order from the App Retailer. Tesla says it doesn’t anticipate to earn money at this worth level and it not speaking about any guarantee for the brand new battery.

It might nonetheless be value it, to the appropriate Roadster drivers. The Roadster initially got here with a 245-mile vary, and the thought of now driving for four hundred miles will definitely attraction to some. There are posts on the Tesla Motors Membership discussion board from individuals who say they’re already dropped their $5,000, regardless that this improve won’t make the Roadster suitable with Tesla’s Supercharger community. There’s additionally no choice to order a lighter pack with much less power capability. All we have got is what Tesla says concerning the battery within the announcement under.

Improve your Roadster to a battery that shops roughly forty% extra power than the unique battery. There’s a slight improve within the battery weight however the complete vary will increase over 35% from the unique Roadster.

The worth of the battery improve is $29,000, together with all labor and logistics, which is the same as Tesla’s anticipated value. It isn’t our intention to make a revenue on the battery pack. The rationale the price per kWh is greater than a Mannequin S battery is because of the virtually completely hand-constructed, low-quantity (solely 2 or three per week) nature of Roadster battery packs. It additionally consists of further work to take away, improve, and reinstall the facility electronics module (PEM.)

All eliminated battery modules can be absolutely recycled or reused if potential, and we’ll reuse many different elements from the previous battery. Batteries are at present being upgraded in Fremont, CA and we’ll want enough time when scheduling your service to ship and pre-place the wanted elements to your native service middle. Relying on native service group workload the improve will solely take a number of days as soon as the elements are in place.

Deposit & timing A $5,000 deposit is required to order your improve with the stability due upon set up. Place your order right now and you will be contacted to schedule an set up appointment as stock turns into obtainable.

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