The existing, pure electric Tesla Roadster had an EV range of 245 miles (394km) when it launched in 2008, which is still better than many of its contemporaries. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told British publication Auto Express that an update is planned for the two-seat sports car.
“The Roadster had an old generation battery,” Musk is quoted as saying. “We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”
For some Aussie context, you could theoretically drive from Sydney to Canberra and back on a single charge.
The Roadster was Tesla's first production car, built on the same underpinnings as the Lotus Elise. It was sold in very limited numbers in Australia and isn't available to buy at this point in time. However, the US brand is planning to ramp up its Australian efforts in the coming months with the launch of the new Model S sedan.
Tesla is also planning to build an SUV, known as Model X, which is expected to launch in 2016. A smaller model aimed at the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series is also planned - that car will be known as the Model 3.