Tesla Semi Truck Unveiled; Plus New Roadster, 'Quickest Car in the World'

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Interior of Tesla's new Roadster. We suspect the 200Kwh motor is there specifically for such tasks.

A photograph of Tesla's new roadster. Not including taxes of course.

So much for the rumored maximum of 200 to 300 miles Tesla Semi would be able to drive on a single charge.

For one, it's unclear if Tesla will actually get the Semi rolling out by 2019 as promised.

But Tesla has pulled back recently due to concerns about Model 3 production and integration issues with Tesla's acquisition of solar panel company SolarCity - a firm co-founded by two of Musk's cousins.

Walmart told CNBC Friday that it has made orders for fifteen Semi trucks in the U.S, and Canada, with the hopes that it will help Walmart lower emissions and meet other sustainability goals. The auto can reach 100 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, according to Musk.

The new Roadster will be produced in 2020 with a minimum price tag of $200,000. Walmart has confirmed that it reserved fifteen Tesla Semi trucks, telling CNBC that it had earmarked ten for the USA and the remaining five for Canada.

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"Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology", J.B. Hunt President and CEO John Roberts said in a news release.

As far as prices, Tesla didn't provide a specific figure for its semi, but said a diesel truck would cost 20% more to operate than a Tesla Semi from day one. Musk claims that truckers will be able to charge at their origin or their final destination while they unload their freight, or take a 30-minute break from the road, leave their rig on a Megacharger, and have enough power to drive up to 400 miles. "People have asked us for a long time, 'When are you going to make a new Roadster?' We are making it now", Musk said. It's the quickest-accelerating production auto ever made.

As Andrew J. Hawkins wrote of the new Roadster and Semi for The Verge, "These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems".

Musk didn't mention the numbers having to do with price, but Tesla's website does: The vehicle will sell at a base price of $200,000, with an advance reservation deposit set at $50,000. And the same could probably be said about the Tesla Semi compared to its diesel counterparts.

Tesla sold just 222 Model 3s from July through September. That's right - they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

A software update a year ago put the Tesla Model S P100D second only to the Porsche 918 Spyder in terms of acceleration, reaching 60 miles per hour in 2.28 seconds compared with the 2.2 seconds of the Porsche. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple and Tesla. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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