Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Tesla Reveals Semi Truck With 500-Mile Range and New Roadster Car

Tesla Reveals Semi Truck With 500-Mile Range and New Roadster Car

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday revealed a sleek, all-electric semitrailer truck that he promises will go 500 miles on a single charge and be able to travel autonomously in convoys with the company’s other big-rigs.

In a surprise, Mr. Musk also unveiled Tesla’s newest Roadster, a $200,000 sports car he said would have a range of 620 miles on a single charge and be available in 2020. The car, Mr. Musk said, will be the quickest production car ever made, going from zero to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, and topping speeds of 250 miles an hour.

“These numbers sound nutty,” Mr. Musk told a cheering crowd of about a thousand people, minutes after the Roadster drove out of one of the semi-trucks and sped around outside the company’s design studio.

The Tesla Semi, due out in 2019, is Mr. Musk’s latest attempt to upend transportation, part of his vision to offer safer and cheaper vehicles to move cargo around. Without giving the sticker price of the commercial truck, Mr. Musk said the semi would be cheaper to operate than a diesel competitor and possibly—using the autonomous technology—less expensive than rail.

The event, live-streamed on Tesla’s website, occurred as the auto maker struggles to ramp up production of the Model 3, a sedan starting at $35,000 that represents Mr. Musk’s bet that he can make all-electric vehicles mainstream… (for further reading

By Tim Higgins Updated Nov. 17, 2017 1:00 a.m. ET

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