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Tesla unveils Semi HGV

Tesla unveils Semi HGV

While Tesla jumped out ahead of established automakers with its electric cars and technologies like its Autopilot semiautonomous driving system, it faces a much different landscape in trucks, Ms. Krebs said.

On Thursday night, Tesla boasted of both.

In his presentation, Musk said the cost of operating an electric tractor-trailer would be $1.26 per mile, compared with $1.51 per mile in a diesel truck.

Trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt has already announced that it had placed a reservation to buy "multiple Tesla Semi tractors".

Speaking yesterday at the launch of the Tesla Semi, Elon Musk said "it's not like any truck you've ever driven". Tesla claims a range of 500 miles at motorway speed.

"While barriers still exist (fleets like to test vehicles first and need a reliable service network) and the trucking industry is historically slow to adopt new technologies, we think it is hard to downplay the potential negative impact from Tesla to our coverage universe", Buckingham analyst Neil Frohnapple wrote. He said it should have a maximum range of 500 miles, and could be charged up for another 400 miles in 30 minutes using Tesla's yet-to-be-deployed, solar-powered Megacharger stations. Trucks account for almost a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the US, according to government statistics.

The Semi could also integrate more safely with passenger auto traffic due to its autonomous driving functions, saving energy. 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 Semi production will begin in 2019 and the new Roadster will be available in 2020. Then Tesla announced a new roadster, which Tesla says will go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed of 250 miles per hour and has a 620-mile range.

Tesla's Roadster has a base price of $200,000 and a top price of $250,000 for the fully loaded Founders Series version.

Trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt has already announced that it had placed a reservation to buy
Trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt has already announced that it had placed a reservation to buy"multiple Tesla Semi tractors

The tech entrepreneur's projects also include high-speed transit, artificial intelligence research and a new company that is digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion.

"He's got so much on his plate right now".

Of course, safety is paramount for Tesla, and the truck will integrate everything Tesla cars have, and some more.

But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans.

Tesla is guaranteeing the truck won't break down for a million miles.

Continuing its unique take on the HGV recipe, Tesla has designed the Semi's interior with comfort and visibility in mind.

The biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs, says Tesla.

Tesla this evening unveiled their Semi electric truck, which is "the safest, most comfortable truck ever", equipped with four independent motors. Thanks to the low cost of running it, buyers should make back the additional cost in just two years, Tesla claimed. Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler AG has shown several battery-powered prototypes this year.

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