$29 K Upgrade or buy a Prius: Upgrade fails @ 400 mile range & Roadster charging @ Super Charger Station

$29 K Upgrade or buy a Prius: Upgrade fails @ 400 mile range & Roadster charging @ Super Charger Station

With all the hype about supercharging stations being installed nation wide for the Model S, there are no plans to include a charging outlet( HP 70A or Nema 14-50A ) for the Tesla Roadster owners at the supercharging stations.
In Texas I understand there will be supercharging stations installed between Austin,Dallas and Houston for the Model S.
I presently will have to rely on the Level 2 or Level 1 stations installed by Blinks,Chargepoint and others, which will make any travel experience unpredictable.

Elon and Tesla should continue to support the Roadster owners who supported Tesla from the beginning.

At the present all the attention is on the Model S.

In the beginnig Tesla installed chargers along the west coast for Roasters with the promise of more to come, that has now taken a back seat to the Model S rollout

The cost to include charging outlets for Roadsters at the supercharging stations nationwide would be a minimal amount to Tesla but a huge statement as to Tesla's intention to support its customer base and the charging needs of all the Tesla owner family members.


richardean412 | 01. syyskuu 2015

Sept.1,2015, the announcement of the Roadster 3.0 upgrade was received via e-mail today.

Roadster 3.0 Battery Upgrade
We are pleased to announce details of the battery upgrade available for your Roadster and to begin scheduling upgrade service visits. Upgrade your Roadster to a battery that stores roughly 40% more energy than the original battery in the same package. There is a slight increase in the battery weight but the total range increases over 35% from the original Roadster.

The price of the battery upgrade is $29,000, including all labor and logistics, which is equal to Tesla's expected cost. It is not our intention to make a profit on the battery pack. The reason the cost per kWh is higher than a Model S battery is due to the almost entirely hand-built, low-volume (only 2 or 3 per week) nature of Roadster battery packs. It also includes additional work to remove, upgrade, and reinstall the power electronics module (PEM).

All removed battery modules will be fully recycled or reused if possible, and we will reuse many other components from the old battery. Batteries are currently being upgraded in Fremont, CA and we will need sufficient time when scheduling your service to ship and pre-position the needed parts to your local service center. Depending on local service team workload the upgrade will only take a few days once the parts are in place.

If you are interested in a Roadster upgrade, please log on to our Roadster Accessory webpage to place your deposit. If you have further questions about program details please contact

Is $29000.00 really a Thank YOU, worthy of the original owners who brought the First Tesla products, THE TESLA ROADSTER !!
No reference made to upgrade of wheel bearings,specs on tires,new battery warranty if any or front end modification.
Upgrades improves range to approx. 340-345 range, not 400 miles,batteries pack is heavier and no comments as to the effect on the 0-60 MPH in 3.9 secs. NO Super Charger compatibility.

The Roadster will still not be compatible with charging on the Super Charger network, so what does one do when driving from Houston to Austin or Dallas, once the destination is reached, where do we charge and how long will it take on a Level 2 charging station compared to the Super Charger luxury of the Model S.

This 3.0 UPGRADE is a grave disappointment to Tesla Roadster owners, as voiced by the members of the Tesla Motors Club.
Go to Tesla Motors Club Forum under Roadster 3.0 Upgrade

NAQ88 | 19. syyskuu 2015

Hi Carpaticus if you are there. I read your post with interest I am experimenting again with longer journeys in the UK and finding it increasingly difficult. As far as I can see the ecotricity sites are now all higher rating and non-compatible and I cannot find any information about an adaptor that will allow connection to the Roadster. IF you or anyone else can point me in the right direction I will be very grateful.

The Type II Mennekes is fine, but some of the points that were installed (eg Ecotricity) have now been replaced with higher speed chargers.

Like everyone else I am really pissed off that Tesla have not done more for Roadster users, who essentially helped get the company launched. AS a minimum we should be getting HPC 70A at the supercharger sites. What can we do to lobby harder for this?

Lastly, is there a UK Roadster owners club forum anywhere? There are not many of us, a facebook group would seem to me a better way to keep in touch and discuss stuff than this forum.