Elon Musk Says Tesla Roadster Is Quickest Production Car Ever

Tesla Roadster revealed as quickest accelerating road car yet

Taking into account focus is now on ramping up Model 3 production and at the same time prepping the Semi and a second-generation Roadster, it means any potential pickup truck will have to wait.

With a full load, the truck can still reach that speed in 20 seconds, according to Musk, much faster than any diesel-powered truck.

Mr Musk said several Tesla lorries will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other. "This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively", said Bruce Clark, a senior vice president and automotive analyst at Moody's.

Meijer, a Michigan-based supermarket chain, told Bloomberg at Thursday's event that it had placed orders for four trucks, putting down a $5,000 deposit for each one.

From Tesla Semi's 500 miles of range to the new Roadster's 1.9-second zero-to-60 time, the specs of Tesla's newest vehicles crushed expectations.

The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both USA and Canada, the company says.

Just like it has built a global network of "superchargers" for its passenger EVs, Tesla plans to build a network of "megachargers" around the world for trucks refuelling on the go, with the powerful plugs able to deliver 400 miles of charge in less than 30 minutes.

Tesla Roadster revealed as quickest accelerating road car yet
Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Tesla didn't release exact pricing information but said operating costs-including power, lease payments and insurance would be 20 percent lower for the Semi than a diesel truck. These are business people not fans, and they will need convinced that this truck is better for their balance sheet than existing technology.

Although Thursday night's event celebrated Tesla's largest and smallest new offerings, the company is grappling with how to smooth problems that have hit its flagship Model 3.

Musk said Tesla will guarantee the big rigs will not break down for a million miles because they have will have multiple motors. Its top speed is "above 250 miles per hour", Musk said.

Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, said the challenge for Tesla now will be keeping its promises, especially when it comes to potential truck buyers.

Tesla's ultimate goal is to usher in sustainable transportation. The surprise introduction of a new version of Tesla's beloved Roadster sports vehicle also helped push the stock higher. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

He noted that engine maker Cummins, German auto giant Daimler and commercial truck company Navistar are all working on their own electric trucks.

But truck drivers may still have some reservations. Electric truck sales totaled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.

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