Tesla unveils its electric Semi truck at last

18 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Archie Newman
  • Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

A workhorse truck and a new supercar are in the works for Tesla, after founder and CEO Elon Musk introduced his company's latest effort to widen the USA market for electric vehicles Thursday night.

The Roadster has three motors (one in the front; two in the rear) and is capable of going 0-60mph in a stunning 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of over 250mph (402kph) and 620 mile range (998km or over 1000km as Musk puts it) at highway speeds.

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.

The first 1,000 Roadsters will cost $250,000 each, paid in full upfront, with later models starting at $200,000. According to Musk, the truck can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when carrying a full load of 80,000 pounds-the maximum weight allowed on US roads. Tesla didn't release exact pricing information but said operating costs-including power, lease payments and insurance would be 20 percent lower for the Semi than a diesel truck.

Tesla recently unveiled its electric semitruck.

Of course, the Model 3 loomed over it all.

It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane. "It probably is, based on the specs provided, but this isn't necessarily a slam dunk".

Safety is paramount in the design of the Tesla Semi, with a statement from the company claiming that "jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes".

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

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.

Suggested retail price is $200,000, Tesla said. Musk said several Tesla semis will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other.

Still, the Semi is likely to make some waves in the industry. "So far, that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".

He added that the overall cost of ownership for the truck would be 20 per cent less per mile than its diesel equivalents, concluding that it would be "economic suicide" for truck companies to continue using diesels. Inside the truck's cabin - tall enough for a driver to stand upright - there are two large touchscreen interfaces.

Watch Tesla's stock price move in real time.

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

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

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