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Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Without a large diesel engine, the driver will have a roomier cab than in other trucks, Tesla said.

It is not clear yet what the final price of the truck will be.

Tesla's new Roadster. Image source: Tesla.

Those setbacks didn't do much to dampen the hype surrounding Thursday's unveiling - and it gained more energy as the Roadster, which from 2008 to 2012 was Tesla's star vehicle, returned to the lineup. "When we take off, if we're at full power, we'll go Plaid, we'll go Plaid", says the Tesla employee giving the Roadster test ride. Fleet operators want reliable trucks, and Tesla will have to prove it can make them, said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst with the auto shopping site Autotrader. As for jackknifing, Musk said it will be "impossible" thanks to the Semi's independent motors offering vehicle stability assist.

Musk said Autopilot will come standard on its electric trucks.

The PayPal founder - who also owns private rocket company SpaceX - announced the two new vehicles at a swanky launch party at his headquarters in Los Angeles yesterday.

But Walmart's statement reveals yet another key selling point: Tesla's Semi can help with corporate sustainability efforts, and companies all over the world have committed to reducing emissions and lowering their ecological impact, whether due to internal targets and image considerations, or requirements from regulators and governing bodies.

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi
Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Elon Musk surprises everyone with a new Roadster. Midwest retailer Meijer said it has reserved four trucks.

Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that "Elon's showmanship remains intact".

Mr Musk said several Tesla lorries will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other.

And in case the semi truck wasn't enough to grab your interest, Musk also ended the presentation with the debut of the new Roadster. "So far, that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars". However, Tesla will be up against some formidable challengers, Daimler being one which knows this market well and already has customer trust and loyalty. The Semi also comes with regenerative braking for improved brake life, while there is no need to shift gears on this truck, which should make it convenient for drivers. The truck is a tool for making money.

Two features at Tesla's advantage that excite Cihra the most boil down to standout battery/pack engineering coupled with "manufacturing SCALE of the Gigafactory" along with the strength of in-house self-driving software capabilities.

The truck should be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour going up a 5 percent grade, compared to a maximum 45 miles per hour for a diesel power train, Musk said.




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