Elon Musk unveiled Thursday a fully electric Tesla semi-truck witch can ramble 500 miles between charges being powered by a massive battery and capable of hauling 80,000 pounds. It has a carbon fiber cab and will cut through the wind more efficiently than some sports cars.
The battery is reinforced to keep it from exploding or catching fire or whatnot in the event of a crash. Musk promises chargers that can add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes, but that sort of fast fill-up power requires specialized infrastructure. The driver’s seat is now in the middle of the cab. The truck also gets the Enhanced Autopilot features that let it drive itself on the highway, staying in its lane and a safe distance from neighboring vehicles. On 100-mile routes, the Tesla Semi will cost just $1.26 per mile to operate, compared to $1.51 for diesel trucks, Musk promises. Production will start in 2019.
Elon Musk during presentation event
At the same event, Elon Musk presented a new Roadster super car with a top speed above 250 mph, The Roadster, which will be available in 2020, will be able to run a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds and will have a range of 620 miles. The car will cost at least $200,000 depending on the options chosen, the company says. Reservations can be made with an initial deposit of $5,000 but, a total of at least $50,000 is due within 10 days.