And the most economical. "If you order now, get a truck in two years", he said. And the same could probably be said about the Tesla Semi compared to its diesel counterparts.
Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab, Musk said.
It will be able to go from 0-60mph in 20 seconds when pulling 80,000lbs, the maximum weight allowed on U.S. roads.
Regenerative braking that recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery will make the brakes last forever, Tesla asserted. The new Tesla Semi has been designed aesthetically and gives you a distinct look.
At the Thursday event at Tesla's facility in Hawthorne, Calif., Musk showed off a futuristic, battery-powered big rig with a surprising 500-mile range. These are high-speed DC charging stations that can be installed at origin or destination points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading and driver breaks. This is the range a Tesla Semi can haul a max 80,000-pound load. Electric truck sales totaled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.
Not only could the Roadster achieve a mind-boggling zero-to-60 time of 1.9 seconds, but it boasted a wild 620 miles of highway range, or 1,000 kilometers.
The Semi could also integrate more safely with passenger vehicle traffic due to its autonomous driving functions, saving energy. "We have made a small financial commitment to ensure we are at the front of the line to test this new Tesla truck technology, which has the potential to not only reduce our carbon footprint but also realize cost savings that will allow us to keep prices low for our customers".
"We can't help worrying that Tesla may be taking on too much organizationally - which could distract it from ensuring Model 3's commercial success, which we believe is the critical driver of the company's fortunes", Sacconaghi wrote.
A centered driver's seat to maximize visibility.
Of course, safety is paramount for Tesla, and the truck will integrate everything Tesla cars have, and some more.
The Class 8 truck's enhanced autopilot, acceleration capabilities, 30-minute charging, automatic braking, lane tracking, single-gear operations, four electric motors, central seating, wrap-around glass cabin and dual touchscreens impressed analysts.
On the morning after the unveiling, trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt announced that it had placed a reservation to buy "multiple Tesla Semi tractors", adding that it plans to use them mainly on the West Coast.
But despite the truck's glitzy debut, some analysts warned it remains unclear if or when Tesla can deliver on its promises. "You will not be waiting for your truck to charge", Musk told the truckers in the audience. Without Tesla's promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies' efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.