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The Tesla Semi truck was unveiled by Tesla CEO Elon Musk
Elon Musk unveils electric big-rig that can go 500 miles on a single charge while carrying 80,000lbs and will 'cost less than a diesel truck'
Musk said trucks are Tesla's next effort to move economy away from fossil fuels Truck can go up to 500 miles at maximum weight at highway speed, Musk said Tesla Semi can go from 0 to 60mph in five seconds without cargo or reach 60mph in 20 seconds at maximum weight allowed on US highways of 80,000lbs. Analysts fear the truck will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is going through 'manufacturing hell' with the production of $35,000 Model 3 sedan
Tesla Inc unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck Thursday night, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company's future depends. Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the big rig, dubbed the Tesla Semi, by riding the truck into an airport hangar near Los Angeles in front of an invited crowd of what Tesla said were potential truck buyers and Tesla car owners. Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla's next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage.
Some analysts fear the truck 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 Model 3 sedan. Tesla shares were roughly flat on Thursday.
Tesla also has to convince the trucking community that it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks. The heavy batteries eat into the weight of cargo an electric truck can haul.
The truck can go up to 500 miles at maximum weight at highway speed, Musk said. Diesel trucks are capable of traveling up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. The Tesla Semi can also go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds without cargo or reach 60mph in 20 seconds at the maximum weight allowed on US highways of 80,000 pounds.
Ahead of the unveiling, Tesla executives showed off the Class 8 truck to journalists, describing it as 'trailer agnostic,' or capable of hauling any type of freight. Class 8 is the heaviest weight classification on trucks.