Retailers to Pilot New Tesla Electric Semi

Janie Parker
November 18, 2017

Musk's move to reveal both the truck, and Roadster, is either a distraction so people don't focus too heavily on the company's goal of making the Model 3 a mass production auto, or a serious belief in electric technology.

Tesla revealed an all-new version of its Roadster sports vehicle that can go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, a figure that would make it the fastest-accelerating production auto ever. The Tesla Semi truck also has a better drag coefficient thanks to its extremely aerodynamic design. Tesla is way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan, with some customers facing waits of 18 months or more.

It can go up to 500 miles with a full load at highway speeds, he said.

Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck, Tesla said, and does zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load.

Tesla this evening unveiled their Semi electric truck, which is "the safest, most comfortable truck ever", equipped with four independent motors.

Tesla Roadster Revealed

However for companies actually in the business of making deliveries, it's other talents that might single the Tesla Semi out.

Furthermore, Tesla says that a lot of components on the Semi have been shared with the Model 3, to achieve higher economies of scale.

Tesla will face further questions about how fast it is burning through its cash pile and how soon it will have to ask creditors and shareholders for more after it unveiled its latest electric vehicles. Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. The auto can reach 100 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, according to Musk. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels. The cabin is tall enough for the driver to fully stand, while the driving position is also slightly centred. A Carnegie Mellon study estimated the cost of the Semi's battery pack alone to be roughly $200,000, with the typical diesel truck priced at just $120,000, the BBC points out. 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.

The semi's drive systems are guaranteed to last for 1 million miles, Tesla said.

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