Last Thursday Tesla revealed both a sports car and semi-truck. Both will have pretty impressive times to speed up from 0 to 60. With the Roadster, or sports car, it is 1.9 seconds, the now fastest-accelerating production car on the market.
The semi-truck, however, can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds with an empty trailer, which is unheard of. Normally, a luxury sedan can accelerate at that rate, not a big truck. Even with a full load, it only takes about 20 seconds to get up to that speed.
The revelation of this truck is a big dream coming true for Elon Musk and his Tesla team. Rethinking transportation, Tesla has developed a semi-truck that is powered by an enormous battery and can haul 80,000 pounds. It is even said to be able to drive itself on the highway.
That full load can also be transported roughly 500 miles on the truck’s tank. Although that is less than the distance most diesel trucks can go, 500 miles is about the average distance of 2 trucking routes (or one round trip). That is still fairly impressive.
News of the electric semi has not been completely positive. Truckers are skeptical of the shorter distance and having to recharge the engine of the truck in between stops. Recharging an engine certainly takes longer than filling up a diesel tank.
However, the cost is a selling point. While the final price is unknown, Tesla claims that its drive systems are guaranteed to last through 1 million miles, allowing buyers to make back the extra cost of the vehicle in just a couple of years since its overall cheaper to run.