Tesla's New Semitruck Might Be Playing Catch-Up

Nov 18, 2017, 00:52
Tesla's New Semitruck Might Be Playing Catch-Up

Rocketing from 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 1.9 seconds looks as ridiculous as it sounds, as swarms of Tesla Next Gen Roadster reservation holders soon found out after experiencing "Maximum Plaid" mode in real life at the semi-truck unveiling event.

The company also surprised with the unveiling of a new version of its Roadster, which can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.

Tesla is aiming for a 2020 production for the new Roadster.

The new Roaster seats four and costs at least $200,000. He said it should have a maximum range of 500 miles, and could be charged up for another 400 miles in 30 minutes using Tesla's yet-to-be-deployed, solar-powered Megacharger stations.

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. "But charging can be a challenge and Tesla big rigs will cost far more than diesel trucks".

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. But it will need to catch up on its Model 3 production first.

It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane.

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. "If you order now, get a truck in two years", he said. These are the words used by Tesla's head honcho, who also mentioned the workhorse is based on the semi and that it can be legally driven with a regular driver's license, admitting it's "kind of wrong".

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Hirsch agrees. "The Tesla Semi is not for long haul trucking." he said.

Tesla Semi will be available in 2019, with no prices revealed by the company yet.

"The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production auto ever made, period", he declared.

Still, the Semi is likely to make some waves in the industry. Musk said several Tesla semis will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other. "So far, that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".

But truck drivers may still have some reservations. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans.

"While Tesla's truck announcement will unquestionably create a lot of buzz, the company has incorrectly aimed its sights", he said.

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