Most of my miles have come from 500+ mile trips. Take those trips out and I'd also have a hard time hitting that mileage since my present commute is car free and my last one was just 5 miles. So I wouldn't expect the roadsters to accumulate a whole lot of miles, but a 30% loss seems crazy high. I wonder what the loss is with the Model S since the battery tech improved.
We've seen ~10% range reduction since new (2 years ago) on our Model S (~8700 miles on it). How much of it is due to battery degradation and how much due to changes in software (one of the software update release notes cited a change in the way they determine a full state on the battery) is unclear.
I took a test drive last night on both the 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive variants of the Model S, because my 82 year old mother wants to buy one. I was very impressed by the build quality and handling the 2.5 ton car. The ride quality and engineering is superb. By the looks of the exposed chassis, I think Tesla simply grafter suspension parts from a S class to an all aluminum platform - reminds me of the custom built slot car chassis from the late 60s.
I was actually little surprised by the poor build quality of a loaner (with only 1200 miles on it) we had when our car was in for service.
For example, this was the driver's side door panel fitment (with the door fully shut!):
The brake pedal had like 1" of no-action travel before you felt the brakes engage. Steering wheel buttons didn't feel as "tight" as our 2-year old car (they had built 40,000 cars between the loaner and our own, you'd think they'd have improved since then). Needless to say, we were happy to get our car back.
I have not driven the roadster, but I have been on the Tesla Roadster owners site, these owners are - dare I say "religious" about their cars.
The Tesla forum is one I stay far far
clear of. They outrank the drift and stance forums as some of the most vicious communities I've ever seen. God help you if you don't "drink the kool-aid"