Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

Elon Musk in'severe emotional pain after split with Justice League star Amber Heard

"Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger auto traffic", Tesla said.

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

Remember the original Tesla Roadster - looked a bit like a Lotus Exige, costed a lot more and went like stink?

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Amber Heard in Machete Kills Credit AP

Daimler's E-FUSO Vision One is an all-electric heavy-duty truck that can travel almost 220 miles on a single charge - not nearly as far as Tesla's.

The truck is loaded with safety features, including its Enhanced Autopilot driver-assist system, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and forward-collision warning. A Carnegie Mellon study estimated the cost of the Semi's battery pack alone to be roughly $200,000, with the typical diesel truck priced at just $120,000, the BBC points out. Musk has said it will take at least two years for the truck to go on sale. It was a typical Tesla event, full of twists, shocks, and plenty of smoke and mirrors. Tesla envisages that same connected technology to allow multiple trucks to form pontoons or "road trains" that, so Musk suggested, could make them more cost-effective than even rail transportation. Musk has relied on batteries to power his vehicles in the past and many expect the new semi to fall in line, but there are questions about where a truck that's meant to carry cargo will find space for the batteries it would need to travel long distances. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab, Musk said.

This is a landmark moment for cars because the Tesla Roadster, previous deemed overpriced and relatively less exotic - is suddenly a bargain at ₹1.3 crore since it out accelerates the likes of a Koenigsegg Agera S, and the ₹13 crore Bugatti Chiron. In 2020, the company will also begin producing a roadster, which was unexpectedly unveiled at the Semi event. The vehicle can reach 100 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, according to Musk. The Roadster will have a range of 620 miles, he added. Taking a page from Apple and other tech companies in using showmanship to wow crowds, Musk surprised the crowd by announcing there was one more thing to add - and the new vehicle rolled out of the truck's trailer. Tesla is way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan, with some customers facing waits of 18 months or more.




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