Tesla's New Semitruck Might Be Playing Catch-Up

Posted November 18, 2017

For that cost, you get an acceleration to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds, the fastest ever for a production vehicle.

Going up a 5-degree grade hill, the Tesla Semi should maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour, while a conventional diesel truck slows to 45 miles per hour, Musk said. 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 four-seater convertible boasts a 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a 620-mile range, as well as three motors, all-wheel drive, and torque steering.

At the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, on Thursday evening, Tesla announced the details of its new all-electric semi truck. The 500-mile version will be able to do round-trip runs on the vast majority of USA freight routes, which are 250 miles or less, Musk said. There's also fierce competition in the electric truck market, with Volkswagen, Daimler and Cummins all either debuting their own versions or working hard on their development.

Tesla’s new Roadster is unveiled during a presentation in Hawthorne California U.S
Tesla’s new Roadster is unveiled during a presentation in Hawthorne California U.S

Investors prodded Tesla's shares 2% higher in early trade in NY, shrugging off worries it was over-stretching itself with the new futuristic trucks and pricey sports auto launched in a glitzy event in California yesterday.

In a nod to the bottom-line concerns of trucking companies, Musk said Tesla would guarantee the Semi won't break down in the first million miles of operation.

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

The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both USA and Canada, the company says. To reserve the base $200k Roadster, you'll need to make a $50,000 reservation now. The company says that will translate into thousands of dollars in savings. Regulations require commercial trucks to be sidelined if their windshields are cracked in a way that could affect the driver's view. Thanks to the low cost of running it, buyers should make back the additional cost in just two years, Tesla claimed. The chair and steering wheel are in the cab's center. In addition, he surprised everyone with the debut of an updated Tesla Roadster. In what has become something of a pattern in recent years, Musk has unveiled ambitious and even visionary new plans for Tesla, as the company copes with putting those ideas into effect - and cars on the road. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.