Tesla unveils semi-truck and surprises fans with new Roadster

Tesla unveils semi-truck and surprises fans with new Roadster

Company CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi, which is more aerodynamic than the Bugatti Chiron supercar ($2.6M USD), capable of going from 0-60mph with a full 80,000 pound load in 20 seconds.

As Musk said about the Roadster, the unveiling marked "a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars". After Tesla's false event ending, lights dimmed and a new Tesla Roadster rolled out of the back of a Tesla Semi cargo bay to the tune of Renegades of Funk by Rage Against the Machine. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab, Musk said.

At the Tesla presentation he said petrol cars would be like driving "a steam engine" in comparison.

From there, the specs diverge.

At the Thursday event at Tesla's facility in Hawthorne, Calif., Musk showed off a futuristic, battery-powered big rig with a surprising 500-mile range. It also comes with a million-mile guarantee on its powertrain.

Musk said Autopilot will come standard on its electric trucks. The 500-mile version will be able to do round-trip runs on the vast majority of US freight routes, which are 250 miles or less, Musk said.

"I hope you like what you see", said Musk. Those trucks can have a more limited range of 100 miles or less, which requires fewer expensive batteries. The auto will be available in 2020.

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Tesla Semi will be available in 2019, with no prices revealed by the company yet. "We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes, and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology". The new model is set to begin production in 2020 and will cost $200,000. Reservations for both vehicles can be made with an initial deposit of $5,000 - but in the case of the Roadster, a total of at least $50,000 is due within 10 days.

Between this and potentially lower costs to maintain the trucks, Tesla boasts a strong chance of disrupting the trucking business, said Evercore analyst George Galliers in a note to investors. Musk has said it should take about two years for the semi to go on sale.

But truck drivers may still have some reservations.

But the semi also piles on the chaos at Palo Alto, California-based company. The chair and steering wheel are in the cab's center.

The auto will be available in 2020 with a starting price of $200,000, which The Verge notes might be a bargain as the only now comparable cars on the market start at around $1 million. 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. Tesla is now more of a niche, luxury vehicle company, selling the high-end Model S sedan and Model X crossover.

Acceleration junkie and Tesla drag racing veteran Brooks from Drag Times documented his experience blasting off from a standstill to over 80 miles per hour, in record-setting fashion, inside a Tesla Roadster prototype.

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