With Tesla starting to produce Model 3 vehicles, admittedly at a much slower rate than what was planned, the next line-up of vehicles with the Tesla brand have been released this week, named as the Tesla Semi and the Tesla Roadster. Here is also the information you need to know about the big announcement from Tesla.
Tesla Semi – An All Electric Truck
The Tesla Semi is Tesla’s attempt of electrifying trucks. It comes with the following specs:
- The Tesla Semi is planning to go into production in 2019 (sooner than expected).
- The Tesla Semi will have the ability to pull 80,000lbs, the maximum allowed for trucks to pull on US roads, from 0-60mph in 2o seconds.
- Without a load, the Tesla Semi will able to go from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds.
- The range of the Tesla Semi will be 643km (400 miles)
- The Tesla Semi can recharge in 30 minutes at one of Tesla’s new mega-chargers.
Tesla Roadster – A Crazy Performer
- The Tesla Roaster (2.0) is the second iterative roadster from Tesla. However, instead of taking parts from a Lotus Elise, it has been designed by Tesla, all in-house.
- The Roaster has an acclaimed range of 1,000km (620 miles) on one charge.
- The performance statistics of the Roadster are beyond hyper car. 0-60mph will take 1.9 seconds whilst 0-100mph will take a mere 4.2mph.
- The Roadster will be available in 2020 at a starting price of around $200,000.
Analysis – ‘Smackdown’ for Petrol and Diesel?
Elon Musk has described this announcement, especially with reference to the Tesla Roadster, as a ‘hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars’. To some extent, he is certainly correct. If the Tesla Roaster is released in 2020 and comes with the stats it does, then it blows away every car on the market not by 0.1 second for 0-60mph but by nearly half a second. The range is incredible too for such a car.
The Tesla Semi is definitely something that Tesla might struggle to actually make happen, considering the amount of battery capacity a truck will need for it to compete with diesels out there at the moment – the sheer capacity of battery needed will also prove to expensive, questioning whether it is feasible for the truck to be purchased by companies.
Ultimately, Tesla have unveiled two products which are continuing the direction they want the whole market to head. For some, this news comes at a time for which PR relating to Tesla was relatively low, due to the poor performance of the Tesla Model 3 cars when it comes to the production of them. Therefore, was this a way of covering up the poor manufacturing efficiency of the Model 3? Possibly. But, either way, if Tesla can promise what they have stated in this news conference, then 2019 and 2020 will be very interest years for the automotive sector on the whole. However, from previous experience of the Model S, X, and 3, it is unlikely Tesla will stick to their dates rigorously.