Tesla found itself in the news again on Thursday the 16th of November, when Elon Musk announced record-smashing additions to their line-up. Tesla has raised the bar for competitors, with its stunning stats, but investors are concerned that Musk is promising too much…
The Tesla Roadster
The new electric Roadster, will be everyone’s dream supercar, with aerodynamic engineering giving it staggering performances and top speeds of over 250mph! Hitting 60 in just 1.9 seconds, it will thrash the Bugatti. Its efficient battery can carry you and 3 other passengers for 620 miles in a single charge. Plus, the convertible glass roof can be stored in the back providing an open-air experience. Musk says it will be a “hard-core smack down to gasoline cars” but there will be a wait – production is scheduled for 2020 so until then you need to put down a deposit of $50,000 towards the total $200,000 to reserve one or pay the $250,000 asked for the higher-spec model.
The Tesla Semi-Truck
The new electric Semi-Truck would easily fit into a futuristic sci-fi film and the crowds were left mind-blown at the unveiling. The enhanced auto-pilot will be the standard feature and makes it the world’s most safe truck. It is able to break for the driver and if there is ever a medical emergency it can come to a stop while phoning the authorities and also ensure the vehicle stays in the same lane. Musk jokes that if the windscreen doesn’t survive a thermonuclear bomb there will be refunds but the practical reason for the resilient glass is to save a lot of money because it won’t break once a year like normal truck glass does. Surprisingly, it is more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron and will set the record for the fastest truck, reaching 60mph in 20 seconds. In the cockpit, the driver will be in the centre for maximum visibility and control, with passengers behind, and two screens on either side. It is capable of hauling 36 tonnes for 500 miles on a full battery, so it can go to its destination and back, even if there is no charging… without recharging. Unfortunately, there’s a 2 year wait but companies such as Walmart have already announced they will be testing them.
Much like the superchargers which support the Tesla network, the Semis will have mega charger stations every 400 miles, which allows truck drivers to stop every 6 hours and have a break for 30 minutes while the semi recharges, to follow the United States requirements. However, not everything is bright for Tesla as investors are worried that Musk won’t be able to keep his bold claims and is already failing to keep up with schedule for the model 3 production lines.
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By Will Marritt