Going electric certainly ain't cheap.
Launched back in 2008, the Roadster was Tesla’s debut model and certainly wasn’t without its faults. Its range was disappointing and, if you believe Jeremy Clarkson, it takes some 16 hours to charge. That said, there are still many happy Roadster owners out there driving their cars on a regular basis. And because Tesla has improved its range and technologies in general, it’s now offering those owners a battery upgrade.
For $29,000, the new battery stores roughly 40% more energy than the original unit, but there’s a slight increase in weight. However, total range increases over 35%. That price includes all labor and logistics. Not cheap, we know, but then again the Roadster did cost over $100,000. But $29k? Really? So what if owners can easily afford it. For that amount, here are three other awesome and fuel efficient sports (and sporty) cars you can buy new for even less: Mazda MX-5 Miata/Subaru BRZ - Scion FR-S/Honda Civic Si/Ford Focus ST/Subaru WRX