Tusk says the new version of the Roadster will be, "the fastest production vehicle ever made, period".
A zero-to-sixty time of 5 seconds, or 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load.
Musk was equally effusive about the Semi he rode in on, which has Tesla's enhanced Autopilot system, the streamlined look of Tesla's passenger cars and a driver's seat in the center of the cab. "But as a Model 3 depositor looking at an 18-month wait, I do wish he was a little bit further along in the delivery process before embarking on yet another new vehicle, let alone a semi-truck", Lindland said. Musk has said it should take about two years for the semi to go on sale.
After touting the utility and efficiency of what he called a game-changing truck, Musk welcomed the Roadster to cheers from those attending the event at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport near Los Angeles.
Tesla revealed an all-new version of its Roadster sports vehicle that can go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, a figure that would make it the fastest-accelerating production auto ever.
The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both US and Canada, the company says.
Tesla Semi does 0-60mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute
Between this and potentially lower costs to maintain the trucks, Tesla boasts a strong chance of disrupting the trucking business, said Evercore analyst George Galliers in a note to investors.
The Tesla Semi checks a lot of boxes in terms of addressing bottom line considerations, offering 500 miles of range to avoid too much compromise vs. diesel truck travel capability, and providing a way for a company to decrease its net Carbon dioxide emissions without having to undertake expensive endeavors like sponsoring the construction of renewable power plants. Instead, they showed a truck with a dramatically greater range. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi's reliability.
Musk hopes his truck will eventually replace diesel lorries on the road. "We guarantee that this truck will not break down for a million miles", Musk said. It's unlike anything you will see in a similar segment, and Tesla gets complete points for standing out in design. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels.
Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that "Elon's showmanship remains intact". Plus don't forget that Tesla also has the new Semi to get into production before the new Roadster. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems. The Semi also comes with regenerative braking for improved brake life, while there is no need to shift gears on this truck, which should make it convenient for drivers.
Tesla says there will be a host of fleet management tools and routing tools, which will be made available on the Semi, and are otherwise seen on cars. Electric truck sales totaled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.