Tesla sets sights on freight emissions with new electric truck

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

Unveiled last night, the Tesla Semi does away with traditional diesel engines altogether and, like the California automaker's cars, replaces them with high-powered electric motors.

The Tesla Semi checks a lot of boxes in terms of addressing bottom line considerations, offering 500 miles of range to avoid too much compromise vs. diesel truck travel capability, and providing a way for a company to decrease its net Carbon dioxide emissions without having to undertake expensive endeavors like sponsoring the construction of renewable power plants.

Tesla revealed its semi truck and new Roadster model on Thursday evening.

"Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology", J.B. Hunt President and CEO John Roberts said in a news release.

Tesla's truck can also follow other Semis autonomously to form a convoy of several vehicles - a feature that Musk outlined in his masterplan for the company a year ago. But it was easy to forget about all the snags and delays plaguing the production of Tesla's first mass-market electric auto, especially with Musk dropping phrases like "zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds" and "620-mile range".

The flashy model will be able to do 1,000km (620 miles) on a single charge, and will do 0-100mph in an incredible 4.2 seconds. The new model is set to begin production in 2020 and will cost $200,000.

Tesla's new Roadster. Image source: Tesla.

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"Or you get a full refund", Elon Musk told the press.

Now, a little over two years after Musk's post, we get a first-person look on what it's like to experience dizzying acceleration in the planet's quickest production auto.

These are just the base specs. "People have asked us for a long time, 'When are you going to make a new Roadster?' We are making it now", Musk said. Musk called the Roadster "the fastest production vehicle ever made, period". Reservations for both vehicles can be made with an initial deposit of $5,000 - but in the case of the Roadster, a total of at least $50,000 is due within 10 days.

The company is still working on production issues with its Model 3.

As Andrew J. Hawkins wrote of the new Roadster and Semi for The Verge, "These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems". And so is a startup called Nikola Motor, which just so happens to be the first name of the famed inventor that Tesla is named after. And the same could probably be said about the Tesla Semi compared to its diesel counterparts.

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Tesla's selling points include cheaper per-mile transport costs, safety, comfort, and (let's be honest) the cool factor. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple and Tesla.

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