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New $200000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

New $200000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

Still, manufacturers are mostly focused on medium-duty trucks, not the heavy big rig market Tesla is after.

"It will be the first time that any production vehicle has broken nine seconds in the quarter mile", Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CNBC.

At tonight's launch event for the Tesla semi, Elon Musk officially unveiled the new roadster, which can go from 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds and can go from 0-100 in a staggering 4.2 seconds. That's a figure usually associated with performance sedans, not big trucks.

"The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars", Musk said, barely audible over the shrieks of the assembled crowd.

Tesla surprised everyone and unveiled a new Roadster on Thursday evening. Musk said that even without convoying using the Tesla Semi instead of a regular diesel truck was already more economical on a cost-per-mile basis, but being able to string these together in a highway-driven train formation would speak volumes to businesses looking for the bottom line benefit.

New $200000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck
New $200000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

That's more than twice the distance of most trucking routes, Musk claimed, allowing a driver to make a round trip before recharging.

Tesla showed off the semi on a webcast which offered reservations for the truck at $5,000 each, but Musk did not discuss reservation volume.

Diesel trucks are capable of traveling up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km) on a single tank of fuel. Tesla designed the cab with a roomy feel and a center seat for better visibility, executives said.

The truck can drive 500 miles on a single charge, which was higher than some analysts had expected.

Tesla will guarantee the truck's drivetrain, which delivers power to the wheels, for 1 million miles.

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