The Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservations

The Future Of Trucking? Wall Street Weighs In On Tesla Semi Roadster Unveiling

The four-seat convertible will also do the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, which would be another record for a production vehicle.

Thanks to four independent drive trains, the Semi should be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with an 80,000-pound load.

"Or you get a full refund", Elon Musk told the press.

Tesla also showed a second, smaller truck model they described as a "pickup". "If you order now, get a truck in two years", he said.

Leading up to the event, there was speculation that Tesla might deal with the range problem by devising some kind of battery swapping service at truck stops, but there was no mention of this on Thursday.

The auto can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds.

All Tesla Semi models come with Enhanced Autopilot to help avoid collisions, plus its centred driver position ensures maximum visibility and control, and a low centre of gravity prevents rollovers. Going up a five per cent gradient - where a normal diesel truck can do a maximum of 45mph - the Tesla Semi claims to be capable of 65mph with maximum gross weight attached. It can go up to 500 miles with a full load at highway speeds, he said.

Musk rattled off Semi statistics aimed at putting diesel trucks to shame.




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.

Now Tesla just needs to build these vehicles. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi's reliability.

The truck should be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour going up a 5 percent grade, compared to a maximum 45 miles per hour for a diesel power train, Musk said.

"It's as though you're driving a Model S or a Model X or a Model 3", he said. "We guarantee that this truck will not break down for a million miles", Musk said.

Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, said the challenge for Tesla now will be keeping its promises, especially when it comes to potential truck buyers.

Musk unveiled the Roadster toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla's new Semi trucks. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

Could this be the electric truck the world has been waiting for?

"We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes, and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology", said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt, in a statement Friday. Regulations require commercial trucks to be sidelined if their windshields are cracked in a way that could affect the driver's view.

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