The Tesla Semi promises to revolutionize the trucking industry, with unpredictable effects on our economy and society. But for lovers of electric speed, the big rig was upstaged at Thursday’s reveal event by a little surprise Tesla was hiding in the trailer.
The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made. It will do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, faster than exotic supercars such as the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren 720s.
“These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” said Elon Musk as he ran down the specs for the upcoming EV. Top speed will be “above 250 mph.” The 200 kWh battery pack – by far Tesla’s largest ever – will deliver a range of 620 miles. Three motors – one on each rear wheel and one on the front axle – will deliver 4WD and a “stupid” 10,000 Nm of torque. “Driving a gasoline sports car,” said Musk, “is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”
The new Roadster is a 4-seater, although “you can’t put giant people in the rear seats.” It’s also a convertible, and has “tons of storage.”
It will be available in 2020.
“Jump over the barriers!” shouted a jubilant Musk as he left the stage.