Tesla Unveils World's Fastest Production Car In Surprise Announcement

The four-seat convertible will also do the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, which would be another record for a production auto.

A zero-to-sixty time of 5 seconds, or 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load.

In describing the truck, Musk also said its windshield is made of "thermonuclear explosion-proof glass" - a feature he says will help truckers stay on the road. "If you order now, get a truck in two years", he said. The trucks will be outfitted with Tesla's Autopilot system, which keeps vehicles within painted road lines and adjusts speeds depending on the cars ahead.

If you missed the specs, the new Roadster will reach 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and has a driving range of 620 miles.

However for companies actually in the business of making deliveries, it's other talents that might single the Tesla Semi out.

"Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger auto traffic", Tesla said.

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The release of the new vehicle prototypes comes two weeks after Tesla reported its biggest-ever quarterly loss as the company delayed by months a production goal for its critical Model 3 sedan.

Now Tesla just needs to build these vehicles.

Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. Torque sensors on the individual wheels, along with software that can correct steering, will make jackknifing impossible, Musk said.

Musk said Tesla will guarantee the big rigs will not break down for a million miles because they have will have multiple motors. The company's latest offering will lock horns with the electric trucks from Daimler while a few other players could crop up by then in this space.

Meanwhile, J.B. Hunt Transportation Services also announced today that it would be experimenting with the Tesla Semi. The surprise introduction of a new version of Tesla's beloved Roadster sports auto also helped push the stock higher. "So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars". By the end of it, the truck will be ready to go for another trip. "We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes", John Roberts, president and chief executive officer at J.B. Hunt, explained of his company's reservations, "and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology". Hirsch said that the decision to have the driver sit in the center of the truck will improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle and that other truck manufacturers may follow suit.

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