Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, gave electric car fans a Christmas present yesterday in the form of a brief Twitter announcement:
Roadster upgrade will enable non-stop travel from LA to SF -- almost 400 mile range. Details tmrw. Merry Christmas!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2014
For East Coast residents—the drive from Boston to Baltimore covers just under 400 miles (although of course you might want to add a little margin for error before taking off).
As the Washington Post writes, this is about 150 miles further than the old Roadster model could travel on a single charge. From the limited information available so far, it seems that the new Roadster will accomplish this using a completely revamped battery pack. Musk added on Twitter that the Model S's battery upgrade, however, will happen further down the line.
The new Roadster is priced around $100,000, whereas the Model S hovers at about $70,000.