Tesla sets sights on freight emissions with new electric truck

18 November, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Tesla Roadster 2.0

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.

Tesla also said that the Roadster, which will be available in 2020, can go from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds.

Musk also announced yesterday the launch of his new Roadster, an electric sports vehicle that he described as a "hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars".

Taking into account focus is now on ramping up Model 3 production and at the same time prepping the Semi and a second-generation Roadster, it means any potential pickup truck will have to wait. On the one hand, the Tesla Semi is shaping up to be the hot-rod of trucks, with a 0-60 miles per hour time of 20 seconds even when at maximum 80,000 pound load.

"Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology", J.B. Hunt President and CEO John Roberts said in a news release.

Tesla's semi is venturing into an uncertain market.

Tesla this month pushed back its target for volume production on the Model 3 saloon - widely seen as crucial to the company's long-term future - by about three months to fix production bottlenecks.

Tesla Roadster 2.0

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.

The stock is up more than 4% after the event.

The auto can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds. The cabin is tall enough for the driver to fully stand, while the driving position is also slightly centred.

Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. Right now, there's little charging infrastructure on global highways. The company is guaranteeing the Semi drivetrain will last to 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometres), equivalent to 40 trips around the globe.

Musk hopes his truck will eventually replace diesel lorries on the road. Tesla estimates a two-year payback for the added cost of the truck, meaning more than $200,000 in saved fuel.

But even lower costs won't make trucking a sure bet for Tesla.

"It probably is, based on the specs provided, but this isn't necessarily a slam dunk".

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