The world's best-known electric vehicle company Tesla has finally revealed the zero-emission vehicle it hopes will make the major inroads into the commercial freight market, unveiling its first electric truck in Los Angeles yesterday.
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.
This is a landmark moment for cars because the Tesla Roadster, previous deemed overpriced and relatively less exotic - is suddenly a bargain at ₹1.3 crore since it out accelerates the likes of a Koenigsegg Agera S, and the ₹13 crore Bugatti Chiron.
However, while a shiny, fast red Roadster has got everyone excited, production of the company's first "affordable" auto, the Model 3, is behind schedule due to factory delays.
In a nod to the bottom-line concerns of trucking companies, Musk said Tesla would guarantee the Semi won't break down in the first million miles of operation. According to Musk, the truck can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when carrying a full load of 80,000 pounds-the maximum weight allowed on US roads.More news: Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'
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Tesla hasn't released any details about the semi. "This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively", said Bruce Clark, a senior vice president and automotive analyst at Moody's.
The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both USA and Canada, the company says.
In describing the truck, Musk also said its windshield is made of "thermonuclear explosion-proof glass" - a feature he says will help truckers stay on the road. Electric truck sales totaled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research. Those trucks can have a more limited range of 100 miles (160 kilometers) or less, which requires fewer expensive batteries. They can also be charged overnight. A Carnegie Mellon study estimated the cost of the Semi's battery pack alone to be roughly $200,000, with the typical diesel truck priced at just $120,000, the BBC points out. Right now, there's little charging infrastructure on global highways.
Meijer signed up for four truck test-drives with a $5,000 down payment for each, and by implementing the new vehicle, the company's delivery system has the potential to be 20 percent more fuel efficient and to drive 500 miles before needing a recharge.