Tesla has unveiled a snazzy new car that puts the electric vehicle company in direct competition with other premium sports car manufacturers.
The media and a handful of lucky future customers got a peek at the sleek, new Tesla Roadster Thursday night during a special ceremony. Priced at a whopping $200,000, the reservation price for the baseline model comes in at $50,000. There will also be 1,000 ‘Founders Edition’ Roadsters available to anyone willing to fork over $250,000.
The Roadster, which will be up for gabs in 2020, can go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, and can do a quarter of a mile in 8.8 seconds. With a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour, it just might live up to Tesla’s boast of it being “the quickest car in the world.”
CEO Elon Musk said the Roadster is “a hardcore smack-down to gasoline cars.”
With its 620-mile range per charge, the four-seater may live up to Musk’s promise.
“You’ll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco and back at highway speed without recharging,” Musk said, adding that, “driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”
Musk also announced Tesla’s entry into the big rig industry with its electric semitractor-trailer. With production slated to begin in 2019, prospective customers can reserve their model with $5,000 down.
The semi will be able to haul an 80,000-pound load for 500 miles on each electric charge making it, Musk said, more cost-efficient than diesel models.
“Owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone,” the company said in a press release.
The vehicles will come with Tesla’s autopilot system, enabling a convoy of the transports to autonomously follow the lead vehicle.
The plan, Musk said, is to install a network of solar-powered “megachargers” across the globe to accommodate the electric vehicles.