New Tesla truck unloads surprise sports car
Tesla is aiming to break boundaries again with two new products – its first electric articulated lorry and a new Roadster that will be ‘the fastest production car ever made’.
Chief executive Elon Musk unveiled his Tesla truck in Los Angeles yesterday. With a range of 500 miles and able to achieve 0-60mph in 20 seconds when pulling 36,287kgs (80,000lbs), the Tesla truck will go into production in 2019. Range will be 400 miles after 30 minutes of charging at one of Tesla’s new mega-chargers.
He claimed that if driven in convoy, these trucks would be cheaper than shipping goods rail and that using diesel trucks would be ‘economic suicide’.
The Tesla boss then stunned guests by also unveiling a new Roadster, which was driven out of the back of the Tesla truck. Able to hit speeds of 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds with a range of more than 600 miles, the Roadster will be, said Elon, ‘the fastest production car ever made.’
He added, ‘The point of doing this is just to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.’