Tesla Semi Truck Unveiled; Plus New Roadster, 'Quickest Car in the World'

Tesla to enter trucking business with new electric semi

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. 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. So, yes, the Tesla Semi will be able to drive itself, on the highways at least.

What if we just made a mini version of the Tesla semi?

"With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping and Lane Departure Warning".

If you're following Elon Musk on his personal Twitter account, you might remember that back in September he was asked whether there will be a Tesla pickup.

"I hope you like what you see", said Musk.

The Tesla Semi checks a lot of boxes in terms of addressing bottom line considerations, offering 500 miles of range to avoid too much compromise vs. diesel truck travel capability, and providing a way for a company to decrease its net Carbon dioxide emissions without having to undertake expensive endeavors like sponsoring the construction of renewable power plants.

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Production of the truck is expected to begin in 2019; Musk said customers who order now would get the vehicles in two years.

The company's billionaire chief executive Elon Musk said the Semi truck is capable of travelling 500 miles on an electric charge.

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 vehicle in the world.

Both vehicles are fast: The Roadster can take itself from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, and the Semi can perform the same feat in five seconds (unburdened by a trailer), Tesla says. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullsh!t.

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.

The new Roadster will be available in 2020. In what has become something of a pattern in recent years, Musk has unveiled ambitious and even visionary new plans for Tesla, as the company copes with putting those ideas into effect - and cars on the road. The question remains whether the company can keep up with demand for its electric vehicles (Model 3 owners are still waiting to get their cars).

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