Tesla's truck, not out until 2019, already has orders

Javier Stokes
November 18, 2017

Tusk says the new version of the Roadster will be, "the fastest production auto ever made, period".

Elon Musk said in a press conference that the electric truck will do 0-60mph in five seconds with a trailer attached, with the figure rising to 20 seconds towing a gross weight of 36,000kg.

Musk was equally effusive about the Semi he rode in on, which has Tesla's enhanced Autopilot system, the streamlined look of Tesla's passenger cars and a driver's seat in the center of the cab. Musk has said it will take at least two years for the truck to go on sale. Walmart has confirmed that it reserved fifteen Tesla Semi trucks, telling CNBC that it had earmarked ten for the USA and the remaining five for Canada. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab, Musk said.

However for companies actually in the business of making deliveries, it's other talents that might single the Tesla Semi out.

Mr Musk did not reveal the vehicle's price but said customers can put down a 5,000 dollar (£3,778) deposit.

Roberts added that the use of these trucks will be most beneficial for local routes and that J.B. Hunt planned to first deploy the Tesla Semi on the West Coast. Instead, they showed a truck with a dramatically greater range.

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But Tesla has pulled back recently due to concerns about Model 3 production and integration issues with Tesla's acquisition of solar panel company SolarCity - a firm co-founded by two of Musk's cousins. Speeds can reach up to 104 kmph, which is more than what the diesel trucks achieve, while the battery range is around just above 800 km at highway speeds. "It's just big. It's super-easy to drive". The company's latest offering will lock horns with the electric trucks from Daimler while a few other players could crop up by then in this space. "We guarantee that this truck will not break down for a million miles", Musk said.

Musk said the specifications of the Roadster 2.0 demonstrate the capabilities of battery-powered cars compared with their gas-guzzling counterparts.

Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that "Elon's showmanship remains intact".

Tesla's ultimate goal is to usher in sustainable transportation.

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 auto. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems. Regulations require commercial trucks to be sidelined if their windshields are cracked in a way that could affect the driver's view.

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