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Discussion in 'Video' started by TEG, Jan 2, 2010.
Very interesting video. One thing that stood out was the statement about the upcoming battery tech.
Is Tesla working on a new pack for it's line of vehicles?
The Sales Rep was very confident that the Roadster will be receiving an updated battery sometime in the near future. He mentioned that current battery is 400(?) and the new will be going to 800. How soon is this new battery technology is too come online?
The way he said it sounded like he was alluding to a hypothetical general trend, not necessarily committing to something specific. I think it is safe to say that future versions of the Roadster could have a longer range pack. Perhaps not doubling any time soon, but at least improving over time. I would actually hope for lighter & cheaper more than more range, actually.
I would actually interpret what Espen said as the Roadster will always be expensive. If the battery or other parts becomes cheaper they will add more high tech features to it to maintain the Roadster as their best car. That way it will remain exclusive and be a test-bed of sorts. So rather than a smaller and cheaper battery pack they will extend the range. That's the way I read what he said anyway.
Yeah, I said hope (for cost reductions), but I expect you are right that it will remain mostly a "cost is no object" top line product.
I'm hoping for the same as you, but I figure they can always change their mind later as well if they do see an opening for a "cheap" Roadster. Though mostly I'm hoping for some more Model S information