Tesla adds electric Semi truck to vehicle lineup

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced at an event on Thursday, Nov. 16, that the innovative company will soon offer an electric Semi truck.

The truck has a fully-loaded gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds and a 500-mile range per charge when fully loaded. It has a million-mile powertrain guarantee and is able to maintain a speed of 65 mph while traveling up a 5 percent grade.

Musk touted the cost-saving benefits of operating an electric truck over a diesel tractor-trailer in his presentation. The cost of operating an electric version would be $1.26 per mile, as opposed to $1.51 per mile when using diesel, which the company says will translate to thousands of dollars in savings.

The truck’s windshield is made of “thermonuclear explosion-proof glass,” which, according to Musk, will help keep driver’s on the road by preventing windshield cracks.

The Semi can accelerate from zero to 60 in 20 seconds and is called the “safest truck ever” on the company’s website, citing its Enhanced Autopilot, centered driver position, and low center of gravity.

Production is expected to begin in 2019. Reservations are now open and those who order now can expect delivery in two years.

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