New Tesla Roadster 2.5 Revealed

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Tesla has sent out new photos of the “Roadster 2.5,” which is the new version of its first electric sports car with a few new superficial elements. The updated Roadster 2.5 features minor enhancements, including a new front fascia with different diffuser vents and new rear diffuser. There also are silver or black forged wheels, new seats said to be more comfortable with better bolsters and more lumbar support, plus a power-control software to manage output in hot weather.

The interior is reinforced with an improved sound-reduction materials and an optional seven-inch navigation system. Some of the upgrades will be available to existing Roadster owners as upgrades.

Pricetag remains in the stratosphere at $109,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Roadster remains a priority for his company, even though Model S is consuming much of its resources.

“These improvements are a direct result of customer feedback and come only a year after release of Roadster 2.0, showing an exceptionally rapid pace of innovation,” he said in a statement.

Tesla has now sold more than 1,200 Roadsters to buyers in 23 countries. It claims the cars have logged a total of more than 5 million miles. Questions remain, however, over how the company can maintain its revenue stream. Tesla has a big gap ahead between when it will start making its next-gen EV sedan, the Model S, and when it stops selling the Roadster in 2011.

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  • Peter Anastopulos says:

    The Tesla was a fun exercise now that it’s made it’s mark time to retire this overpriced piece of British plastic shell.Time to build our own versions certainly this will lower the price to where mere mortals can afford.What interest me is the Transit Connect wow they are popping up everywhere .Skateboard teams love them as do florist as do moms with kids.I am truly shocked at how many I see in my suburban California day to day life.They seem to be big in San Francisco even the Giants have some giving out swag for promo’s.Now this is going to electrified I believe it really making a mark.See when someone builds something truly useful and not rehashed the public buy’s.

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  • derek says:

    More EV cars will definitely be accessible as new models are scheduled to be released over the next two years. Plus, there are government tax incentives that will help defray the cost of an EV since the technology is still expensive compared to a gasoline powered vehicle.

    New cars that won’t use gasoline engines as their primary source of power and don’t cost six figures:

    2011 Nissan Leaf
    2011 Chevy Volt
    2012 Ford Focus EV and Ford Transit Connect
    2011 Coda Automotive Sedan
    2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV
    2012 Toyota Prius PHEV

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