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At an event in Los Angeles today, Tesla unveiled its new Semi electric truck, which is capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge with a loaded trailer.
Powered by four independent motors, the vehicle can go from 0-60 mph in just five seconds; it’ll take 20 seconds while paired with an 80,000 pound load. The idea with the Semi is to create a shipping solution that’s not only more environmentally friendly than a diesel truck, but also more economical to own and operate.
Just when the audience at Tesla’s Semi launch though the event was over, the company rolled out quite the surprise: a sleek red Roadster.
The convertible 2+2 seater manages a top speed greater than 400kmph, runs for nearly 1,000km on a single charge (that’s enough to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back), and manages 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds – making it the first production car to hit that rate of acceleration.
It can go from 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, breaking the 9-second record of today’s production cars. That’s all thanks to its three motors, which output a massive 10,000Nm of torque.
Tesla actually started out its operations building a roadster, but produced less than 2,500 of them between 2008 and 2012. The new vehicle draws on the bold lines of the original but adds numerous updates to its look, particularly in the front. It’ll be available in 2020. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced.