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Yesterday, 27 December 2014

Tesla reveals Roadster upgrade package
New '3.0 Package' grants all-electric Roadster a potential 400-mile range Tesla has revealed an upgrade package for its all-electric Roadster which endows it with a potential 400-mile range.The new '3.0 Package' for the Roadster, which is due to be offered to existing customers in spring 2015, features developments that are a product of the company's experience with its Model S saloon.Key to the upgrade pack is the adoption of new battery cell technology that boosts the energy capacity of each by 31 per cent. This means the Roadster's battery pack now delivers approximately 70kWh, up from its previous 53kWh.Revised aerodynamics deliver a 16 per cent reduction in drag coefficient, down from 0.36 to 0.31. This is achieved with a retrofitted aero kit, as opposed to major changes to the existing panelwork. Lower rolling resistance tyres, new bearings and tweaks to the brakes further serve to improve the Roadster's range.The company estimates a 40 to 50 per cent improvement in range, compared to the original Roadster. In standard form it could cover 245 miles on a single charge; in 3.0 form expect it to cover around 370 miles.It also stated in a release that: "There is a set of speeds and driving conditions where we can confidently drive the Roadster 3.0 over 400 miles."A Roadster will be driven non-stop from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 20

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Audi confirms record new investment
Investment of £19 billion allocated for additional models, upgraded production facilities and new tech Audi has confirmed that it will sink a substantial £19 billion into its ongoing development between 2015 and 2019.The record sum represents a £1.6 billion increase on the German manufacturer's previous plans. It is described as being integral to a growth strategy that aims to see Audi increase its line-up from an existing 50 models to over 60 by the end of the decade.Audi has confirmed some £13 billion will be spent directly on new models and technology Ė over half of this at Audiís existing Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites in Germany.As part of Audiís plans, production of the A1 will move from Brussels, Belgium to Ingolstadt, Germany when the second generation model arrives in 2016.Some £780 million is also earmarked for Audiís new manufacturing sites in Mexico and Brazil.The companyís head of research, Ulrich Hackenberg, says the main focus of the investment will be on new models in the C and D segments, as well as what he describes as Audi's Q family of SUVs.Among the technology being targeted by Audi is digitalisation and alternative drive systems.Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: