Announcing updates and upgrades for the Tesla Model S range last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk quietly slipped in confirmation of the Roadster’s revival. He indicated that the second generation Roadster will have a top speed in excess of 155 mph (250 km/h) and that this will be achieved by a performance mode even more extreme than the Ludicrious mode – ‘Maximum Plaid’.
Now more details have emerged about the 2020 Tesla Roadster from the Australian media.
Heath Walker, Marketing and Communications Manager at Tesla Motors Australia, suggests that the second-gen Roadster could be available in two performance grades to cater different customer segments. The division could possibly be on the basis of two criteria – leisure and performance.
Speaking to CarAdvice, Mr. Walker said: “It’s highly dependent on what the customer wants. We always try and create a couple of versions depending on what the customer needs. We go here’s a product that provides range or here’s a product that provides performance. The battery can do both really well combined and there’s usually a middle ground, but there’s a desire to have one or the other essentially.”
To explain the idea behind the strategy, Mr. Walker referred to the Model S range.
“With the dual-motor for example, it’s the 85D or P85D. They are the two. The 85D is a true allrounder because it gives you speed as well. With the Roadster, when we launched that originally, we had the normal and we had the Sport. That methodology won’t necessarily be any different. We will try and appease both because we want to continue to overcome the perceived barriers to owning an electric vehicle.”
Opting for the Ludicrous mode upgrade on the Model S requires a mandatory battery pack upgrade and one would naturally expect Tesla to do the same with the next-gen Roadster too, but there’s a downside to that. Battery pack upgrade may increase the weight and that would blotch the very concept of a roadster, which is a lightweight, zippy open-top cruiser.
The 90 kWh currently offers the maximum range – 300 miles (483 km). The company expects to increase the battery pack capacity by roughly 5% per year. It’ll be interesting to see where the company reaches in terms of increasing range and reductions by 2019, which is when the all-new Roadster arrives.