Tesla expands electric-vehicle portfolio with first truck and an updated roadster

Nov 18, 2017, 00:22
Tesla expands electric-vehicle portfolio with first truck and an updated roadster

While the official specs will be out closer to production, Tesla says that the Semi will go from 0-100 kmph in 5 seconds.

This is a sign of how the Tesla Semi could make a bigger impact than many might suspect on the trucking industry. "But as a Model 3 depositor looking at an 18-month wait, I do wish he was a little bit further along in the delivery process before embarking on yet another new vehicle, let alone a semi-truck", Lindland said.

Tesla claims the electric costs of the Semi are half that of a traditional diesel semi truck, thanks to fewer systems to maintain (no transmission or brake pads to name a few), providing a number of over $200,000 United States dollars in fuel savings, and a two-year payback period. It was a typical Tesla event, full of twists, shocks, and plenty of smoke and mirrors.

Here are the stats that Musk used to back up his claim: It'll go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, and from zero to 100 in 4.2 seconds.

"The biggest challenge Tesla faces with its semi is customers", she said.

He said the Tesla Semi truck boasts faster acceleration, better uphill performance and smart safety features such as lane-keeping technology and enhanced autopilot software to improve the on-road experience for truck drivers.

Musk says the truck burns no gas, will never need its brakes replaced, and is capable of traveling 500 miles on an electric charge-even with an 80,000-pound load.

In his presentation, Musk said the cost of operating an electric tractor-trailer would be $1.26 per mile, compared with $1.51 per mile in a diesel truck. "The supply for their existing Model 3 production is already showing signs of stress so adding larger products in a completely separate market will add strain to Tesla's resources".

Tesla sold just 222 Model 3s from July through September. Musk said it will be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour while going up a 5 percent grade.

He noted that engine maker Cummins, German auto giant Daimler and commercial truck company Navistar are all working on their own electric trucks. It's unlike anything you will see in a similar segment, and Tesla gets complete points for standing out in design.

When the truck's tailgate came down, out rolled a new and previously unannounced Tesla Roadster, which company CEO Elon Musk called the fastest production vehicle in the world. "So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".

"The specs on the new semi truck and sports auto would put both vehicles at the top of their segments ... assuming they can be produced and sold as part of a sustainable business plan", Brauer told Automotive News. Regulations require commercial trucks to be sidelined if their windshields are cracked in a way that could affect the driver's view.

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