The Tesla Roadster may not have one of the longest histories, but it certainly is an illustrious one. If it ever makes it to production, the Tesla Roadster 3.0 will leave all of its own accolades in the dust.
The Tesla Roadster is not a hypermiler, much like the Tesla Model S is not a luxury car, but they both qualify as performance cars. What makes them so special is that they are remarkably fun-to-drive electric vehicles. Still, in spite of this, they are exceptionally fuel-efficient electric vehicles. As hard as it is to find both of these characterstics in one vehicle, Tesla Motors has done exactly that, producing electric vehicles that people want to drive, and can drive for miles and miles. The Tesla Roadster, for example, was one of the first to break the 200 mi/charge barrier in a car that people would actually want to drive.
Since those early heady days of electric vehicles that were actually interesting, Tesla Motors has continued to up its game in power, efficiency, and range. Last year, for example, Tesla announced that it would make an upgraded battery pack available for the Tesla Roadster, one that could possibly push range over 400 miles! Still, while we haven’t seen the 400-mile Tesla Roadster yet, we have seen the next best thing, the 360-mile Tesla Roadster 3.0.
The prototype package is still in testing phase, but a recent road trip, from San Jose to Santa Monica, California, the Tesla Roadster 3.0 prototype package clocked 340 miles. Battery charge indicated another 20 miles of range remained! Considering that hypermilers have pushed the bigger and heavier Tesla Model S to over 400 miles, I’m sure that it won’t be long before someone pushes the Tesla Roadster 3.0 to, what, 450 miles?
At the rate that Tesla Motors keeps one-upping itself, it should come as no surprise that no other automaker has even come close to the same kind of electric vehicle capability as the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S. It’s possible that the Chevy Bolt beat Tesla to the punch, however, with no firm production date set for the Tesla Model 3.