Tesla Semi Truck Revealed

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

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. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab, Musk said.

When the truck's tailgate came down, out rolled a new and previously unannounced Tesla Roadster, which company CEO Elon Musk called the fastest production auto in the world.

According to TechCrunch, it's a two by two four-seater and will be available in 2020 starting at $200,000, with 1000 Founder's Series models being sold retailing at $250,000 each.

Daimler's E-FUSO Vision One is an all-electric heavy-duty truck that can travel almost 220 miles on a single charge - not nearly as far as Tesla's.

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.

The company said that the Tesla Semi would work out cheaper per mile than an equivalent diesel vehicle, but neglected to share details of just how much an individual truck would set you back.

Analyst at Kelly Blue Book, Rebecca Lindland, told CNBC: "The biggest challenge Tesla faces with its semi is customers".

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

Of course, the Model 3 loomed over it all.

The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both US and Canada, the company says.

But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans. The cabin is tall enough for the driver to fully stand, while the driving position is also slightly centred. Speeds can reach up to 104 kmph, which is more than what the diesel trucks achieve, while the battery range is around just above 800 km at highway speeds.

Tesla shares are up 51.46% this year.

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.

"These are business people, not fans, and they will need convinced that this truck is better for their balance sheet than existing technology".

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