Tesla unveils its electric truck plus a new sports car!
17 November 2017
Not only did Elon Musk introduce us to his long-anticipated all-electric truck but surprised the audience with a new version of Tesla’s original sports car, the Roadster.
According to Musk, the Roadster is the fastest production car ever made, achieving 0-60mph in 1.9 second and 0-100mph 4.2 seconds.
Techcrunch report Musk saying that “this is the base model”, then he went on the mention that its top speed is above 250 mph and it has a 200kWh battery pack that offers 630 miles of range.
It can be yours for $200,000, available in 2020.
As well as this, Musk finally revealed details of the long-awaited Tesla Semi truck. Musk claims the Tesla Semi will deliver a better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.
Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travellers on the road, it climbs 5 percent grades at a steady 65mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45mph.
The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98 percent of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic. It has a range of 500 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it a low centre of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jack-knifing is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimise blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording.
Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi.