Tesla to enter trucking business with new electric semi

Herbert Rhodes
November 18, 2017

In 2020, the company will also begin producing a roadster, which was unexpectedly unveiled at the Semi event.

On its website, Tesla said that its Roadster production auto, the newest version of its original sports vehicle, can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. Then Tesla announced a new roadster, which Tesla says will go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed of 250 miles per hour and has a 620-mile range.

The "all-electric supercar" also has a 200-kilowatt battery pack that offers 620 miles of highway driving.

It's too soon to say whether the pickup truck will actually be built as this could just be a design exercise to tease those that have been dreaming about owning a Tesla pickup. There's also a version with a 300-mile range.

This is a landmark moment for cars because the Tesla Roadster, previous deemed overpriced and relatively less exotic - is suddenly a bargain at ₹1.3 crore since it out accelerates the likes of a Koenigsegg Agera S, and the ₹13 crore Bugatti Chiron.

Using new Megachargers, the trucks can be powered up in 30 minutes to travel 400 miles.

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Musk said that the age of traditional gas-guzzling cars was over.

Tesla recently unveiled its electric semitruck. To reserve the base $200k Roadster, you'll need to make a $50,000 reservation now.

The Tesla Semi won't go into production until 2019, but Tesla founder Elon Musk said the lorry will be cheaper to run than a diesel alternative and will travel up to 500 miles at maximum weight at motorway speeds. The company says that will translate into thousands of dollars in savings. Without Tesla's promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies' efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.

In describing the truck, Musk also said its windshield is made of "thermonuclear explosion-proof glass" - a feature he says will help truckers stay on the road.

Also unique to the Semi is the driver's seating position. The anemic number fell far short of expectations; the company had received 140,000 advance orders for the vehicle within hours of it being announced in the spring of 2016.

Indeed, Tesla CEO's Elon Musk swung between the sort of performance numbers that have traditionally enthused the automaker's consumer buyers, and figures more palatable for fleet operators.

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