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Tesla sets sights on freight emissions with new electric truck

Tesla sets sights on freight emissions with new electric truck

Tesla Inc. faces an uncertain road ahead as it moves aggressively to enter the crowded USA trucking market. Cost of vehicle is definitely a consideration, and Tesla hasn't said much about what the trucks will retail for once available, but cost of operation is something they addressed, saying it's below that of diesel Class 8 heavy duty vehicles. Walmart has confirmed that it reserved fifteen Tesla Semi trucks, telling CNBC that it had earmarked ten for the U.S. and the remaining five for Canada.

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.

A Tesla truck will be 20 percent less expensive than a diesel truck over the life of the vehicle, and they will be capable of operating in convoys, Musk said.

It is not clear yet what the final price of the truck will be. "I think it will blow yours".

Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book, is skeptical. Tesla is working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China. And the truck integrates several components of the Model 3, including the screens, motors and door handles. The power capacity, weight and cost of batteries all limit a truck's ability, analysts say.

Although Thursday night's event celebrated Tesla's largest and smallest new offerings, the company is grappling with how to smooth problems that have hit its flagship Model 3.

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But the semi also piles on more chaos at the Palo Alto, California-based company. The main bottleneck is at Tesla battery plant in Nevada, known as the Gigafactory.

What if we just made a mini version of the Tesla semi?

Tesla's truck can also follow other Semis autonomously to form a convoy of several vehicles - a feature that Musk outlined in his masterplan for the company previous year. "It's just big. It's super-easy to drive".

But while this vehicle might seem impressive, the electric truck market is already competitive.

"Everybody in the trucking industry is going to look at this", Hirsch said. The truck can be charged via the superchargers within in 30 minutes, which is the time you would need to load and un-load the material. "This is a massive increase in safety". Well Tesla has a new one out and it's even quicker than any other Tesla now in the market.

But some analysts fear the truck, named Tesla Semi, will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is burning cash, has never posted an annual profit, and is in self-described "manufacturing hell" starting up production of the $35,000 United States ($44, 600 Cdn) Model 3 sedan. "So far, that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".


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