The latest generation of the Tesla Roadster will be the quickest production vehicle ever made, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Well Tesla has a new one out and it's even quicker than any other Tesla now in the market. The newest hauler is a mid-size transport vehicle and gets all the bells and whistles you would expect from a semi-truck, while packing in the autonomous driving technology too. And for vehicles, period.
Musk pulled a major surprise for the audience at its event after the Semi unveiling, by debuting the company's new second-generation Roadster, which it calls the "quickest vehicle in the world, with record-setting acceleration, range and performance". "Driving a gasoline sports auto is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche".
Tesla finally unveiled its first ever articulated lorry, known as the Tesla Semi. "It's wonderful. ... I can drive this thing, and I have no idea how to drive a semi". And even though production isn't expected to start on it until 2019, companies are already placing orders for Elon Musk's big rig. Musk has said it should take about two years for the semi to go on sale.
Speaking onstage at the launch, Musk boasted his Tesla Semi was unlike "any truck that you've ever driven".
"This beats rail", he added.
Tesla claims the Semi Truck can charge from empty to 400 miles in 30 minutes, which is the legal required break time in the USA for truckers to take.
Tesla is guaranteeing the truck won't break down for a million miles.
With a full load, the truck can still reach that speed in 20 seconds, according to Musk, much faster than any diesel-powered truck.
The tech CEO also says it's easier and safer to drive.
"I hope you like what you see", said Musk.
In a tribute to the movie "Spaceballs", Musk built a "Ludicrous Mode" into the speed settings for Model S, and tonight he doubled down on the "Spaceballs" reference for the Roadster.More news: Chinese envoy heads to North Korea for rare talks
"Tesla never gets things done in the time frame they say they will", Hirsch said.
With a top speed of over 250 miles per hour, it is set to become 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.
The semi can travel 500 miles between charges..
"These numbers sound nutty, but they're real", Musk said. Reservations require a $50,000 deposit for the base version, or the full $250,000 for the Founders Series version. That is until they come to realize the $200,000 to $250,000 price tag.
Reactions ran the gamut from rhapsodic to restrained.
It is not clear yet what the final price of the truck will be.
But some said they weren't yet sold on the Semi.
"We're confident that this is a product that's better in every way from a feature standpoint", he told a crowd of Tesla fans in California.
Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that "Elon's showmanship remains intact".
Safety is paramount in the design of the Tesla Semi, with a statement from the company claiming that "jackknifing 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". "So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".