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Tesla unveils semi truck and a new roadster

Tesla unveils semi truck and a new roadster

While Tesla is saying that the new Roadster will arrive in 2020, the chances of that happening are slim.

Tesla's bid to transform the trucking industry from one of old-timey gas-guzzling vehicles to sleek electric-powered ones gained a major foothold on Thursday with the unveiling of the new Tesla Semi. Then Tesla announced a new roadster, which Tesla says will go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed of 250 miles per hour and has a 620-mile range.

The four-seat convertible will also do the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, which would be another record for a production vehicle.

The "all-electric supercar" also has a 200-kilowatt battery pack that offers 620 miles of highway driving.

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

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. The company is guaranteeing the Semi drivetrain will last to 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometres), equivalent to 40 trips around the globe. Plus don't forget that Tesla also has the new Semi to get into production before the new Roadster.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the articulated lorry has a range of 804 kilometers (499.5 miles) on a single charge. Musk said it will be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour while going up a 5 percent grade.

Tesla has unveiled an electric lorry with production due to begin in the USA in 2019. The company says that will translate into thousands of dollars in savings. The Semi also comes with regenerative braking for improved brake life, while there is no need to shift gears on this truck, which should make it convenient for drivers. Without Tesla's promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies' efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.

Also unique to the Semi is the driver's seating position. The vehicle, coming in 2020, will have a base price of $200,000. Stepping into the delivery ring is Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk, whose previous auto and SUV models have been a continued success. Tesla was offering test drives to individuals at yesterday's event who put down a $50,000 deposit on the Roadster without knowing the full price.





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