Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

By Paul Riegler on 19 November 2017
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Tesla unveiled its first ever electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new electric sports car.

The Roadster, as the new sports car is dubbed, carries the same name as Tesla’s first vehicle, which was produced from 2008 to 2012 and made a surprise appearance near the end of the event as it emerged from the back of one of the new trucks.

Elon Musk, the automaker’s CEO, said at the event that the truck’s design would make jackknifing “impossible” and include other safety features such as an enhanced autopilot feature for autonomous driving and lane-keeping technology.

He promised that the truck would lower the overall cost of ownership by 20% per mile compared with that of diesel trucks, adding that the Tesla truck will offer faster acceleration, better uphill performance, and a range of 500 miles (800 kilometers) at maximum weight at highway speed.

The Roadster, according to Musk, will be the “fastest production car ever” manufactured, with a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 1.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 8.9 seconds.

The truck is slated to go into production in 2019 and the sports car will be available at Tesla dealerships in 2020.

Still, questions remain about the company’s ability to produce the new vehicles given the difficulties it had bringing its new Model 3 sedan to the market. The waitlist for the vehicle already numbers over 500,000 but the company only produced 260 Model 3s in the third quarter of 2017, far fewer than the 1,500 it had projected.

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