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Tesla showcases Semi and a stunning new Roadster with 1000km range

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 14:10:29 CET by

The original Roadster is probably still the most iconic car that Tesla delivered to the market. It was an expensive halo product that suffered from many issues, but it was the beginning of a revolution in the transport market. While previous electric cars looked dull and silly, the Tesla Roadster showed the world that a car with an electric drivetrain can perform and look amazing.

Elon Musk made two major Tesla announcements yesterday. First up, there was the long-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi, a heavy duty electric vehicle. Fully loaded, the Semi has a 300 to 500 mile (482-804km) range, depending on the battery configuration, and when it's hauling 800,000lbs (36,287kg) it goes from 0-60mph in 20 seconds. Empty it goes from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. The Tesla Supercharger network can add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes and the company promises a one million miles guarantee on the Semi's powertrain.

The first Semi trucks should be on the road by the end of 2019 and they will feature Enhanced Autopilot.

Tesla Semi

Perhaps a bit more exciting for the average enthusiast is the new Roadster supercar. Surprisingly, this is a four-seater and it has pretty amazing specifications as well as a kickass look. Tesla promises it will go from 0-60mph in just 1.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds. It does a quarter mile in 8.8seconds and its 200kWh battery pack promises a 620 miles (998km) range! The base model will cost a whopping $200,000, you can reserve one right now with a $50,000 deposit. You'll have to wait a few more years though, the first new Roadsters aren't expected to be ready until 2020.



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