Tesla Unveils Semi Truck Revamped Roadster for 2020

September 20, 2019

first_imgTesla, Inc. on Thursday surprised audiences with a new version of the Roadster, unveiled in a cloud of smoke from the back of its electric Semi truck.Billed as the “quickest car in the world,” the revamped Roadster can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said during the LA event.As demonstrated in front of a rabid crowd, the vehicle accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and can travel a quarter mile in 8.8 seconds.“These are all world records,” Musk boasted.And that’s just the base model.“This is what we’re achieving in the prototype,” the entrepreneur said, teasing a top speed of more than 250 mph, as well as a highway range of 620 miles on a single charge of the 200 kWh battery pack.“Those numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” he added.The four-seater sports car comes with three motors, “tons” of storage, and a removable glass roof.“The point of doing this is to just give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said, riling up the audience again. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche” (whatever that means).Remove the glass roof for a summertime drive (via Tesla, Inc.)Tesla’s initial offering—the “foundation of the whole company”—the battery electric Roadster was produced from 2008 to 2012.Even then, the company was breaking records: The sports car was the first all-electric vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells and travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.“People asked us for a long time, ‘When are you going to make a new Roadster?’” Musk said during the reveal. “We are making it now.”Available to pre-order now for cruising in 2020, the new Roadster starts at $200,000 (with $50,000 reservation fee).The electric truck accelerates from zero to 60 mph in five seconds (via Tesla, Inc.)The sleek sports car may have stolen the show, but Tesla’s event also introduced the long-awaited Semi truck—a BAMF lorry that can travel from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. That slows to 20 seconds when carrying 80,000 lbs, but still far outpaces any diesel truck on the market.Even hauling all that weight, Tesla’s Semi promises to deliver a 500-mile range on a single charge, and can reach speeds of 65 mph up a 5 percent grade climb (diesel motors can manage only 45 mph).“Because the vast majority of routes are under 250 miles, it means you can go to your destination and back … without recharging,” according to Musk.Racecar-like central seating, four independent motors (one on each rear wheel), an independent front suspension, and only one gear makes it feel like you’re driving a Tesla sedan—”only bigger.”The driver sits in the center, surrounded by high-tech displays (via Tesla, Inc.)“I can drive this thing, and I have no idea how to drive a semi,” he joked.The greatest truck takeaway—aside from fast charging, standard enhanced autopilot, jackknifing prevention, and nuclear explosion-proof glass—is that the Tesla Semi is built for more than truckers.It’s for everyone on the road who has ever been stuck behind a freighter on a two-lane road; for everyone who has ever feared for their life changing lanes next to an 18-wheeler.Production on the probably-very-expensive vehicle is scheduled to begin in 2019; order now to get your Semi in two years. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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