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The new Roadster will be produced in 2020 with a minimum price tag of $200,000.

With a full load, the truck can still reach that speed in 20 seconds, according to Musk, much faster than any diesel-powered truck.

"The Tesla Roadster is absolutely fabulous and Elon Musk's ambition is admirable".

Tesla claims the electric costs of the Semi are half that of a traditional diesel semi truck, thanks to fewer systems to maintain (no transmission or brake pads to name a few), providing a number of over $200,000 United States dollars in fuel savings, and a two-year payback period.

You can check out the event over on Tesla's website.

The Roadster has three motors (one in the front; two in the rear) and is capable of going 0-60mph in a stunning 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of over 250mph (402kph) and 620 mile range (998km or over 1000km as Musk puts it) at highway speeds.

The Tesla Semi is big on safety too and comes with a reinforced battery to keep it from exploding or catching fire in the event of a crash.

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The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both US and Canada, the company says.

Musk also said Tesla would build a network of Megachargers that would charge the trucks' batteries to a 400 mile range in just 30 minutes, but there has been scepticism that the battery cost of the truck could be prohibitive.

Between this and potentially lower costs to maintain the trucks, Tesla boasts a strong chance of disrupting the trucking business, said Evercore analyst George Galliers in a note to investors. And so is a startup called Nikola Motor, which just so happens to be the first name of the famed inventor that Tesla is named after. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi's reliability. "You will not be waiting for your truck to charge", Musk told the truckers in the audience.

Musk said Tesla will guarantee the big rigs will not break down for a million miles because they have will have multiple motors. It's unlike anything you will see in a similar segment, and Tesla gets complete points for standing out in design.

The Roadster was unveiled alongside Tesla's all-electric semi truck, which has drawn mixed reactions from automotive experts. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

Tesla Semi interior. Image source: Tesla.

Krebs added: "In contrast to Tesla's current buyer bases, the priority for truck drivers and fleet operators is reliability and up-time". "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".


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