Tesla Semi Truck Revealed

That was after Tesla unveiled its new semi-truck, which CEO Elon Musk said can go zero-to-60 in five seconds with an empty trailer. But it was easy to forget about all the snags and delays plaguing the production of Tesla's first mass-market electric auto, especially with Musk dropping phrases like "zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds" and "620-mile range".

But some analysts fear the truck, named Tesla Semi, 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 U.S. ($44, 600 Cdn) Model 3 sedan.

According to TechCrunch, it's a two by two four-seater and will be available in 2020 starting at $200,000, with 1000 Founder's Series models being sold retailing at $250,000 each.

What about charging? Tesla says a new network of Tesla Megachargers will enable 400 miles of charge in just 30 minutes. According to Musk, the truck can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when carrying a full load of 80,000 pounds-the maximum weight allowed on USA roads. But it will need to catch up on its Model 3 production first.

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What could be particularly appealing to fleet operators is the Tesla Semi's tight integration with management services and applications.

Musk didn't mention the numbers having to do with price, but Tesla's website does: The vehicle will sell at a base price of $200,000, with an advance reservation deposit set at $50,000.

On the morning after the unveiling, trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt announced that it had placed a reservation to buy "multiple Tesla Semi tractors", adding that it plans to use them mainly on the West Coast.

Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader, said the trucking industry presents a large opportunity for Tesla, although she noted there are already other semi-autonomous truck manufacturers, including Daimler and Uber's Otto. 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. "If you order now, get a truck in two years", he said. Though the vehicle is clearly priced in supercar territory, it's far cheaper than numerous supercars it outperforms.

"Tesla never gets things done in the time frame they say they will", Hirsch said. The company has a lot on its plate right now and the pickup truck likely doesn't rank high on the list of priorities, but it could come to life in the long run. "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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