True to form, Tesla stole the show yesterday in California by unveiling not only its new truck, but also a new Roadster capable of reaching 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds. Top speed? No less than 400 km/h.
Elon Musk’s ultimate goal with the Roadster? Give a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline cars. The analogy drawn straight from a WWE wrestling show is certainly valid on paper. The Roadster in question has a retractable glass roof and 1,000 kilometers (!) of range according to Tesla.
According to Musk, driving a gasoline car in comparison with the new Roadster would be like driving a steam engine with a side of quiche. He said it, not us. The price of this car is set at $ 250,000 US, payable upfront. Tesla said it would be available in 2020.
A Tesla electric truck as well
The Tesla Roadster prototype was a surprise, but if people followed the Tesla conference so closely, it was to know more about its new semi which has been slowly unveiled for over a year now.
Capable of travelling 800 kilometers when fully charged, the Tesla truck is designated Class 8, the largest class of truck. A 30-minute charge will allow it to travel 640 kilometers. Although these distances are smaller than what a traditional diesel truck can handle, the Tesla truck will save 20 percent on the cost per mile, according to the Californian manufacturer.
Several analysts are however questioning the relevance of this new product, and they are not wrong. Tesla is currently struggling to produce the most important model for its growth, the Model 3, and starting production in 2019 seems useless and utopian in this context. But Elon Musk is Elon Musk, and Tesla is Tesla, so you have to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Comparisons to trains and wrestling analogies, however, are not necessary…