By all intents and purposes, the Tesla Semi truck is without doubt a high performance, all-electric heavy duty truck. As the performance stats below show, the new truck is designed to maximise power while keeping energy consumption low. With a claimed $200,000+ in fuel savings alone, presumably annually, companies are already queuing up to place their orders.

Consequently, Tesla is already reporting its first sales of the Tesla Semi. In the days following the Semi’s unveiling a Canadian retailing giant has placed an order for 25 trucks. In addition, Tesla will also be working with American grocery chain Walmart in trials of the new truck.

It would seem the truck’s reported saving on fuel costs and safety are already attracting the big customers Tesla will need to buy its Semi. Initial results show interest in the electric truck is strong and likely to rise as more becomes known about the truck.


The initial report looks good. Tesla has clearly been working hard to create the ‘Tesla’ of trucks, so to speak. So far so good. And for those wondering what’s under the hood and how much horsepower  it creates, check out a brief overview of the Tesla Semi truck’s performance and specs below:

Details provided by Tesla claim that the Semi has an energy consumption rate of around 2kWh/mi. A drag co-efficient of 0.36 means that the Tesla Semi will be able to go from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds. That acceleration rate is calculated with a load of 80k lbs. In terms of range, Tesla says that the truck can achieve between 300 and 500 miles per charge.

Astonishingly, that range can be achieved by the truck even on a 30-minute fast charge! Those charging points are reportedly going to be solar-powered Megachargers.

Finally, the power-train. There are four independent motors situated on the rear axles. These use very little energy yet can still provide the acceleration and power required by the heavy duty vehicle to both haul heavy loads and cover long distances on electric power.


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Elon Musk on stage with the Tesla Semi at an Unveiling event for the all electric truck.

In addition to the above impressive performance stats and specs, Tesla Semi’s also have another trick up their wheel arches. The company lauds its Semi’s “Badass performance” for its quick acceleration even when fully loaded. In addition to all this, the trucks seem to have the ability to travel in a convoy formation, something that will help operators make further savings.

Once again Elon Musk is on the brink of disrupting yet another industry. The company has already become one of the leading makers of electric cars. Tesla’s consumer models have limited self- driving capabilities, and the Semi will most likely do so too. If not, then that capability will be something that Tesla can activate once regulation hurdles are cleared. In addition, Elon Musk and Tesla have previously signaled their intention to test autonomous electric trucks on public roads.

That would suggest that once the law changes and the technology is in truck operators will be able to rely more on self-driving capabilities. The Tesla Semi will bring some serious competition for traditional heavy duty vehicle makers from now on. Thankfully, many of them are working on electric vehicles of their own in order to compete. From electric cars to all-electric Semi trucks, its game on, it would seem.

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Tesla’s $200,000 new Roadster will be “the fastest production car ever”


0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds

 Remember when nobody wanted electric cars because they were considered slower than their gas counterparts? Tesla showed that a vehicle can be battery-powered and still make it onto the ‘world’s fastest accelerating cars’ list with its Model S. Now, Elon Musk has revealed that the next version of the company’s Roadster will be the “the fastest production car ever made—period.”

Thanks to its new 100 kWh battery pack upgrade last year, Tesla’s Model S P100D was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds when in ludicrous mode, beating the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador, Koenigsegg Regera, and Hennessey Venom GT. Earlier this year, a 2017 model P100D managed 0-60 in just 2.28 seconds, which meant only the Porsche 918 Spyder accelerated faster (2.2 seconds).

At the same event where he unveiled Tesla’s semi truck, Musk revealed the new Tesla Roadster; a car that he claims is even faster than the Model S. Going from zero to 60 mph will take just 1.9 seconds, making it the first production vehicle to break the 2-second mark. 0-100 mph will take just 4.2 seconds, while traveling a quarter mile is possible in 8.9 seconds.

Not only will the Roadster move like lightning, but it will also have a top speed “above 250 mph.” That’s not too far away from the 277.9 mph record set earlier this month in the Koenigsegg Agera RS hypercar.

“The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

You might worry that all this power means the roadster won’t have the best range, but that isn’t the case. Its 200 kWh battery will offer around 630 miles of highway driving. Plus, it’s got four seats instead of the usual two, three motors, all-wheel drive, and torque steering.

The new Roadster will be available in 2020 starting at $200,000. Considering you’d pay around $2.7 million for a Bugatti Chiron, which is slower, that seems like a pretty good deal.

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Tesla’s portable phone-charging battery will complement your Tesla-branded life

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Tesla’s had a big week so far with the launch of its ultra fast supercar and its new electric semi truck. But what’s the biggest announcement for us here at Circuit Breaker? I’m glad you asked. The company, along with all its other news, also launched a portable Tesla-themed battery that can charge iPhones, iPads, or any other device that takes a microUSB.

The 3,350mAh battery pack is modeled after Tesla’s Supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio, which you’d probably recognize if you live and breathe the Tesla lifestyle. You would also probably the person interested in a Tesla-branded charging pack, so that works out. It costs $45 and, unfortunately, it’s already sold out.

The company also sells a desktop Supercharger that features a USB port for any charging cable. It costs $45 as well and is also sold out. With that said, you can always make your own charger. You just need a 3D printer and some motivation.

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