Tesla, the electric car company founded by Elon Musk, held a press event yesterday to officially pull the wraps off the new Tesla Semi truck.
The futuristic-looking big rig is powered by four independent electric motors that can propel the Semi to 60 mph in 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000 pound load—which is pretty darn quick.
Tesla says its new Semi will pack several safety features, like an enhanced version of Tesla’s Autopilot mode to avoid collisions and a lower center of gravity to suppress body roll.
According to Tesla’s website, the new Semi can help truck fleets save hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual fuel savings.
Suffice it to say, this new vehicle could be a game-changer in the trucking and transportation industries. Production is expected to begin in 2019.
…but the spotlight on the Semi reveal was quickly usurped by a surprise announcement from Tesla.
A new Roadster model.
Boasting a 250 mph top speed, a 1.9-second 0-60 time, and a body that’s equal parts supercar and spacecraft, Tesla’s new Roadster is poised to be the fastest production car ever made.
The electric-powered, all-wheel-drive Roadster boasts a 620-mile range and is, according to Tesla, capable of ripping through a quarter-mile in a blistering 8.8 seconds.
Production of the new Roadster is slated for 2020.