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Tesla Roadster Speeds in Front of Electric Truck
Tesla Roadster Speeds in Front of Electric Truck

Tesla Roadster Speeds in Front of Electric Truck

Tesla Roadster Speeds in Front of Electric Truck

Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck named ‘Tesla Semi truck’ on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.
The showmanship wowed the crowd although some analysts’ heads started throbbing at the variety of new projects launched as the company is struggling to produce the more affordable sedan upon which its future depends, Reuters reported.
As the presentation appeared to end, the Tesla Semi opened its trailer, and the Roadster drove out. The sports car with a removable glass roof is an updated version of Tesla’s first production vehicle.
It can seat four and travel 1,000 km on a single charge, a new record for an electric vehicle, Musk said. It can go from 0 to 100 km per hour in 1.9 seconds with a maximum speed over 400 kph, which would make it the fastest car in general production.
“You will be able to travel from LA to San Francisco, and back, at highway speed without recharging. The point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smack-down to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche,” Musk boasted.
The first 1,000 cars will cost $250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000.
Musk did not give a price for the Semi, or say how or where either product would be built, but he said the truck would begin production in 2019 and that the Roadster would be available a year later.
Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla’s next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage.
Some analysts fear the truck will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is burning cash, has never posted an annual profit, and is in self-described “manufacturing hell” starting up production of the $35,000 Model 3 sedan.
“Elon’s showmanship remains intact, even as his customers’ patience for Model 3 delivery wanes,” Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, said by email.
“The specs on the new semi truck and sports car would put both vehicles at the top of their segments...assuming they can be produced and sold as part of a sustainable business plan. So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it difficult to see these vehicles as more than ‘what if’ concept cars’,” he added.

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