Tesla unveils 'the quickest vehicle in the world'

Posted November 18, 2017

Production for the new Roadster sports vehicle, a likely Ferrari rival, will start in 2020.

A workhorse truck and a new supercar are in the works for Tesla, after founder and CEO Elon Musk introduced his company's latest effort to widen the US market for electric vehicles Thursday night. Then Tesla announced a new roadster, which Tesla says will go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed of 250 miles per hour and has a 620-mile range. It's way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan.

The "all-electric supercar" also has a 200-kilowatt battery pack that offers 620 miles of highway driving.

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He said the Tesla Semi truck boasts faster acceleration, better uphill performance and smart safety features such as lane-keeping technology and enhanced autopilot software to improve the on-road experience for truck drivers.

Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. There's also fierce competition in the electric truck market, with Volkswagen, Daimler and Cummins all either debuting their own versions or working hard on their development.

Musk also announced yesterday the launch of his new Roadster, an electric sports auto that he described as a "hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars".

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The semi truck, called Tesla Semi, can go as far as 500 miles between charges and can haul 80,000 pounds at a time.

The semi, which is set to start production in 2019, is accepting pre-orders for $5,000 apiece. Tesla says there will be a host of fleet management tools and routing tools, which will be made available on the Semi, and are otherwise seen on cars.

"Electric motors have advantages for hauling: fewer moving parts, cheap fuel and zero tailpipe pollution", NPR's Emily Sullivan reports.

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But truck drivers may still have some reservations.

The vehicle will be available in 2020 with a starting price of $200,000, which The Verge notes might be a bargain as the only now comparable cars on the market start at around $1 million.

Tesla shares are up 51.46% this year.

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Remember the original Tesla Roadster - looked a bit like a Lotus Exige, costed a lot more and went like stink? Tesla was offering test drives to individuals at yesterday's event who put down a $50,000 deposit on the Roadster without knowing the full price.