Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the supercar ‘Roadster’ and a workhouse truck Tesla Semi to widen the U.S. market for electric vehicles on Thursday night.
The event held at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Los Angeles was meant to be all about the Tesla Semi, however, at the end of the show Musk surprised the crowd by announcing there was one more thing to unveil. Following Musk’s announcement, a brand new Roadster rolled out of the truck’s trailer.
A huge crowd – including interested buyers and already holders of Tesla cars – was seated to witness the unveiling event.
The electric truck can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just five seconds and haul 80,000 pounds. The truck has a 500-mile range when fully charged. The Semi will have a 400-mile range by plugging into one of Tesla’s fast-chargers, just for 30 minutes.
The key difference between Tesla’s Semi and other traditional diesel-powered equivalents is the incredible interior. Unlike other trucks, the driver seat, which is hydraulic, is placed in the center of the Semi and sett more forward.
Two touchscreens are placed on either side of the steering wheel displaying navigation information, cabin controls and multimedia (the same screens used in the Model 3).
There aren’t any wing mirrors present, which Tesla explained is just a vision of how the vehicles might look in future when laws recognize cameras as being able to replace much of the functionality as compared to basic mirrors.
The windshield that provides a much-unobstructed view of the road is made of “thermonuclear explosion proof glass” according to Musk.
The vehicle is semi-autonomous, qualified to keep lane and apply brakes on its own.
— Tesla (@Tesla) 17 November 2017
The production of Semi is expected to begin in 2019 followed by the first deliveries of the vehicle in the very same year. Musk said that anyone ordering the Semi now will get the truck in two years. Yet, the price for the Tesla Semi hasn’t been revealed.
Trucking and freight company J.B Hunt announced on the morning after the unveiling that it had placed an order for “multiple Tesla Semi tractors.”
The latest version of Tesla’s original sportscar Roadster was surprisingly unveiled near the end of the event causing the already electrified crowd to cheer loudly.
Musk said that it is “the fastest production car ever made”, that takes itself from 0 to 60 within 1.9 seconds. The Roadster will be able to handle a quarter mile in just 8.9 seconds.
“This is the base model,” Musk said before mentioning that its top speed is “above 250 mph”. The car will have a range of 630 miles offered by a 200kWh battery pack.
“It’ll be faster than that jet over there” Musk said as an airplane soared over the hypnotized crowd.
The sports car with a definitive unique design has three motors, all-wheel drive and torque steering.
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— Tesla (@Tesla) 17 November 2017
Roadster will be available in 2020 with a starting price of $200,000. However, the first 1,000 sold being the Founder’s Series models will retail for $250,000 per piece.
The red beauty ripped the runway at the hangar, mesmerizing everyone that watched after it came to a stop. Reservation for the Roadster can be made with a deposit of $50,000 within 10 days.
Musk had always been ambitious coming up with visionary new plans for Tesla, which the company successfully puts into effect.
“These are just concept vehicles, really, but it’s Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems,” wrote Andrew J. Hawkins about the Roadster and Semi.
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