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Tesla is crowdfunding its vehicles with big promises
20171117  Rob Verger

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Elon Musk announced an electric truck on Thursday night, as well as a
surprise new Roadster

Tesla's electric trucks have a range of 500 miles and are expected to begin
production in 2019. The total price tag remains unknown.

The company employs a "pay now, drive eventually," approach.

Tesla truck Roadster event

Elon Musk announced an electric truck on Thursday night, as well as a
surprise new Roadster.

At a theatrical, hype-filled event Thursday night in an aircraft hanger in
Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk finally revealed Tesla’s long-expected
electric semi truck. He then surprised the audience by unveiling another
product that emerged from one of those trucks—a bright red Roadster, an
updated version of the company’s first vehicle.

The Roadster, which he said will be available in 2020, will cost $200,000.
You can reserve one right now for a cool $50,000. Musk didn’t reveal a
sticker price for the new semi truck, but the company is accepting $5,000
reservations for that vehicle, too, even though production isn’t scheduled
to start until 2019.

But Tesla is known as much for its ambition as it is for its vehicle
delivery delays; the pre-order deposit is a familiar tactic, too. And the
current shortage of Model 3 cars looms over the elaborate spectacle of the
semi-truck and Roadster announcement. The company accepted hundreds of
thousands of reservations for the $35,000 electric daily driver at $1,000
apiece, but so far has only delivered more than 200 of them.
Welcome to the circus

Elon Musk is a modern-day P.T. Barnum, says Arthur Wheaton, an expert on the
automotive industry at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor
Relations. “He’s extremely enthusiastic in his goals, believes in his
mission, but I think the actual practical day-to-day and what it really
takes—I think he vastly underestimates,” he says.

Tesla has not responded to a request for comment.

“Taking the money and then promising you something later has gotten him in
some trouble for the Model 3,” Wheaton adds. “Now people who put their $1000
down for the Model 3—they may not get it for another entire year.” (The
reservation is refundable, but has been known to happen slowly.)

Unlike the Roadster, the Model 3 is meant to be a family’s main car. While
the company’s website will give customers an estimate of when they might get
it, the long delays for people who are hoping to use the Model 3 as their
primary vehicle can affect a family’s real-life logistics. The Model 3, in
contrast to the Roadster, isn’t aimed at people who don’t mind parking a lot
of money in Tesla’s coffers and waiting for their toy to arrive later.

Musk promises that the new Roadster will be “the fastest production car ever
made, period.” It will be able to accelerate from zero to 60 in just 1.9
seconds, clock a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, and hit a top speed of over
250 miles per hour. For comparison, a 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 take 3.2 seconds
to hit 60 mph—over a second slower.

“The point of doing this,” Musk said, “is just (to) give a hardcore
smackdown to gasoline cars.” And while it’s true that the Roadster
demonstrates that an electric vehicle can compete with the best internal
combustion-driven supercars on the spec sheet, other factors—like price and
availability—are more likely to be what holds people back from adopting

The cars are worlds apart in terms of performance and target audience, but
they still rely on Tesla’s underlying battery technology and supply chain.
One of the company’s key problems in the Model 3 production stemmed from the
batteries, which they make in a Nevada facility called the Gigafactory.

Tesla semi truck

About that truck

Ostensibly, the Tesla event was a reveal for the electric semi. Musk stood
in front of two sleek trucks, one silver, one grey, and rattled off stats:
the battery-powered vehicle will be able to do zero to 60 mph in five
seconds if it’s unweighted; pulling a full load, it would take 20 seconds to
do the same.

The key question for electric vehicles is their range, and this one will
boast one of 500 miles, Musk said. That figure was a surprise for Glen
Kedzie, the energy and environmental counsel at the American Trucking

“I was expecting something in the range (of) around 300 (miles),” Kedzie
says. He was also struck by the truck’s advertised acceleration rates, as
well a guarantee from Musk that it wouldn’t break down, even in a million
miles. That pledge “far exceeds any standard warranty in the tradition
diesel world today, so that was very eye-opening,” Kedzie says.

Musk said that the new trucks will be cheaper to operate than a diesel
vehicle on a per-mile basis by a difference of 25 cents—and driving one will
yield a fuel savings of more than $200,000, according to Tesla's website—but
the company still hasn’t said what the sticker price actually is.

In short, while we heard a lot of impressive metrics during the event, that
key number remains unknown. “We still don’t have any indication what it’s
going to cost to get into one of these trucks, and that’s a major concern,”
Kedzie says. And of course, if Tesla’s past is any indication of its future,
those trucks could be delayed.

David Ross Keith, an assistant professor of system dynamics at MIT’s Sloan
School of Management, says that the new truck “exceeded analyst

“More broadly, the challenge for Tesla is now execution,” he comments, via
email. “The Tesla Truck and the new Roadster are promising concepts, but
they also have existing Model S & X drivers who want better Autopilot
software, well-documented challenges getting Model 3 production started, and
other products such as solar roof tiles already on the table.”
[© 2017 Popular Science]

Loblaw to be early adopter of Tesla's all-electric Semi
J.B. Hunt puts in firm order, while Walmart says it will test 15 of the
electric trucks
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Hunt are to test the vehicles. (Alexandria Sage/Reuters) ...
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