Tesla faces long haul in rolling out electric big-rigs

Marcus Newton
November 18, 2017

Tesla is guaranteeing the truck won't break down for a million miles. On Thursday night, Tesla boasted of both.

Here are the stats that Musk used to back up his claim: It'll go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, and from zero to 100 in 4.2 seconds.

The latest generation of the Tesla Roadster will be the quickest production auto ever made, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

It now looking to diversify into big trucks to help its goal of shifting to sustainable transport.

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. "Every truck we sell has autopilot as standard", said Musk.

That's more than twice the distance of most trucking routes, Musk claimed, allowing a driver to make a round trip before recharging. There's also fierce competition in the electric truck market, with Volkswagen, Daimler and Cummins all either debuting their own versions or working hard on their development. Regulations require commercial trucks to be sidelined if their windshields are cracked in a way that could affect the driver's view. According to Ars Technica, the truck will have an impressive 500 mile range and a maximum load of 80,000, and will go into production in 2019. The batteries are created to support repeated charges for up to one million miles. It'll do the quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, and hit a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour.

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A quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds. For comparison, the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon, a single-seat vehicle engineered specifically for drag racing, manages it in just under 10 seconds.

The Roadster will cost $200,000 and a $50,000 deposit will be required to reserve one.

"Elon promised a truck that would 'blow your mind clear out of your skull, ' and he delivered", Wired tweeted. Fleet operators want reliable trucks, and Tesla will have to prove it can make them, said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst with the auto shopping site Autotrader. Thanks to the low cost of running it, buyers should make back the additional cost in just two years, Tesla claimed.

"Between the Model 3 rollout, the gigafactory, the Semi and the Roadster (not to mention the upcoming Model Y and pickup, which Tesla also teased at the event), Tesla has its hands full for the next three years", he said.

While Musk suggested that the Tesla Semi could effectively replace all diesel trucks, the haulage companies themselves are being a little more tentative in their expectations.

As well as the unveiling of the long-awaited articulated lorry project, the company also had a surprise in its back pocket - namely a new version of its Roadster sports vehicle.

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