Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

Unveiled last night, the Tesla Semi does away with traditional diesel engines altogether and, like the California automaker's cars, replaces them with high-powered electric motors. 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.

"I hope you like what you see", said Elon Musk while presenting the Tesla Semi.

Tesla's Roadster has a base price of $200,000 and a top price of $250,000 for the fully loaded Founders Series version.

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.

Thanks to four independent drive trains, the Semi should be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with an 80,000-pound load.

Roberts added that the use of these trucks will be most beneficial for local routes and that J.B. Hunt planned to first deploy the Tesla Semi on the West Coast.

The Roadster is scheduled to go into production in 2020, and the Semi should become available in 2019, Musk said.

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Bombardier and EgyptAir said they hoped to finalize the deal before the end of 2017, the statement added. The CS300 carries a list price of $89.5m, although discounts of 50% or more are common in the industry.

Of course, the Model 3 loomed over it all. "It will actually automatically lane-keep as well".

This is a sign of how the Tesla Semi could make a bigger impact than many might suspect on the trucking industry.

In addition to being the fastest vehicle in the world, it will also be the longest range auto Tesla makes, with an estimated 620-mile range.

But Chief Executive Elon Musk did not offer details about how Tesla would fund these projects, leaving Wall Street analysts sceptical about the company's ability to ramp up production as it spends money at a quick clip.

All Tesla Semi models come with Enhanced Autopilot to help avoid collisions, plus its centred driver position ensures maximum visibility and control, and a low centre of gravity prevents rollovers.

What could be particularly appealing to fleet operators is the Tesla Semi's tight integration with management services and applications. Though the vehicle is clearly priced in supercar territory, it's far cheaper than numerous supercars it outperforms. Tesla even claims any Semi can travel autonomously in convoy with other Semis. The company, one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, said that it had "placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi tractors" though did not specify exact numbers.

"While Tesla's truck announcement will unquestionably create a lot of buzz, the company has incorrectly aimed its sights", he said. "A more appropriate target for the electric-vehicle maker would be the short-haul, or so-called last-mile delivery, which would benefit from regenerative braking, low noise and emission-free EV motoring".

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