Tesla is popping after its semi truck and roadster announcements (TSLA)


The new Roadster seats four passengers (well, two small people in the back), comes with all-wheel drive and costs $200,000 USD (equivalent to $254,000 CAD), with a base model reservation at $50,000 USD and a "Founders Series" price at $250,000 USD (equivalent to $318,000 CAD).

With a full load, the truck can still reach that speed in 20 seconds, according to Musk, much faster than any diesel-powered truck.

A software update a year ago put the Tesla Model S P100D second only to the Porsche 918 Spyder in terms of acceleration, reaching 60 miles per hour in 2.28 seconds compared with the 2.2 seconds of the Porsche.

Tesla says if there is a crash and the vehicle doesn't hear from you, it will automatically call emergency responders.

Both vehicles are fast: The Roadster can take itself from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, and the Semi can perform the same feat in five seconds (unburdened by a trailer), Tesla says.

All Tesla Semi models come with Enhanced Autopilot to help avoid collisions, plus its centred driver position ensures maximum visibility and control, and a low centre of gravity prevents rollovers.

Cost of vehicle is definitely a consideration, and Tesla hasn't said much about what the trucks will retail for once available, but cost of operation is something they addressed, saying it's below that of diesel Class 8 heavy duty vehicles. "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".

Now Tesla just needs to build these vehicles.

Tesla is popping after its semi truck and roadster announcements (TSLA)
Tesla is popping after its semi truck and roadster announcements (TSLA)

"I hope you like what you see", said Musk. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi's reliability.

Musk said Tesla will guarantee the big rigs will not break down for a million miles because they have will have multiple motors.

Could this be the electric truck the world has been waiting for?

Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that "Elon's showmanship remains intact".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Semi truck and an updated Roadster.

"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. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

But truck drivers may still have some reservations. "We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes, and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology".

Long-haul semi trucks, on the other hand, would be expected to go greater distances, and that would be challenging.

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