Tesla unveils electric truck ? and a new sports car
Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla's next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage. Photograph: (Reuters)
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk unveiled an electric truck and a sports car on Thursday.
Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy-duty truck when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig's trailer and Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.
The sports car with a removable glass roof is an updated version of Tesla's first production vehicle. It can seat four and travel 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge, a new record for an electric vehicle, Musk said. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 km per hour) in 1.9 seconds with a maximum speed over 250 mph, which would make it the fastest car in general production.
The first 1,000 cars will cost $250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000.
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Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla's next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage.
The truck can go up to 500 miles (800 km) at maximum weight at highway speed, Musk said, without giving the size of the payload. Musk said the Class 8 vehicle, the heaviest weight classification for trucks, in 30 minutes can recharge the battery enough to go 400 miles, and that Tesla would build a global, solar-powered network of "megachargers."
Diesel trucks are capable of travelling up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km) on a single tank of fuel. Musk said diesel trucks were 20 percent more expensive per mile to operate than his electric truck.
Self-driving technology would allow the trucks to travel in convoys, where only the front truck would need a driver, making trucks cheaper than rail, Musk added.
Shares of Tesla have risen 46 percent this year to make the company the No. 2 US automaker by market value.
(with agency inputs)