The new electric-powered lorry has been revealed by Tesla, taking on other trucks as the new king of the road. The vehicle has a range of 500 miles on a single charge. The vehicle is set to go into full production in 2019, so drivers will still have to wait for some time to get their hands on the vehicle. Chief exec Elon Musk also surprisingly revealed a Roadster, which appeared out of the trailer of the electrical lorry. Musk stated the vehicle would be “the fastest production car ever.”
Musk has been hyping the event all week through Twitter, promising: “It will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.” He teased that the truck can “transform into a robot, fight aliens and make one hell of a latte.”
The roadster is anticipated to have a range close to 620 miles on a single charge and can reach up to 100MPH in 4.2 seconds. The red sports car was described by Musk as “a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”
Musk has envisioned a future with Tesla’s vehicles, saying that driving traditional fuel-powered vehicles would be like driving “a steam engine with a side of quiche.” When the Roadster arrives in 2020.
The company has also been the source of recent controversy, as employees in their California factory have filed multiple lawsuits and complaints on the treatment of staff. Complaints vary from accusations of sexism, racial discrimination and homophobia from branch managers.
In a statement regarding the recent controversy, Tesla posted on their own blog: “At Tesla, we would rather pay 10 times the settlement demand in legal fees and fight to the ends of the earth than give in to extortion and allow this abuse of the legal system,”
Meanwhile, Tesla already has some competition on the electrical truck market, as Daimler AG announced the delivery of their first electric trucks to the UPS (United Parcel Service). Other firms are working on their own electrical vehicles, including: Volkswagen, Cummins and Nikola.