EVANNEX Recaps Tesla Semi Debut: Roadster, Megachargers, More


NOV 18 2017 BY EVANNEX 12


Elon Musk introduces both the Tesla Semi Truck and the new Roadster (Image: Heise)


What was supposed to be an event which launched the Tesla Semi Truck turned into Elon Musk doubling down with another shocker. That surprise turned out to be a much-anticipated “maximum plaid” Tesla Roadster. The specs on both of these vehicles were jaw-dropping. But, before we get into that — let’s acknowledge what Musk set out to do last night… in his own words: “give the hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”

The Guardian reports, “While the sports car provided a jolt of excitement for Tesla enthusiasts, much of the event focused on pitching the truck to truck drivers… Musk claimed it would be ‘economic suicide’ to continue using diesel trucks, saying the Tesla version, if driven in convoy, would be cheaper than shipping goods by rail.” And, explaining the Roadster’s lightning-fast performance, Musk remarked, “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

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Above: Check out a quick recap of last night’s Tesla launch event highlights in just nine minutes (Youtube: The Verge)

Tesla Roadster

Let’s start with the biggest surprise of the night, the Tesla Roadster. According to Teslarati, “The Next Gen Roadster will accelerate from 0-60mph in a vertigo-inducing 1.9 seconds and 1/4 mile in 8.9 seconds. By comparison, supercar exotics like the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren 720s tip the 1/4 mile scales at just shy of 10 seconds.” Tesla CEO Elon Musk reminded the crowd, “These are all world records.”

How about range? “Capable of traveling 620 miles of range per single charge, nearly 1,000 kilometers, the Roadster’s 200 kWh battery pack will be the company’s largest yet and double the battery capacity of its current flagship P100D and 100D vehicles. Musk noted during his presentation that the Next Gen Roadster will be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and back, without needing to stop and charge.”

Above: A look at the Tesla Roadster (Source: Tesla)

Tesla Truck

The Tesla Truck was equally groundbreaking. As reported in Teslarati, “The Tesla Semi can accelerate from 0-60 in 5 seconds, without cargo, and 20 seconds with a full 80,000 lb. load, more than twice as quick as a traditional diesel truck.” Get this — it’s .36 drag coefficient beats a Bugatti! The Semi even has thermonuclear resistant glass and a frunk. It’s reported that, “the semi will cost 20% less per mile compared to Diesel trucks, costing $1.26/mile versus $1.51/mile.” Musk also unveiled an electric pickup truck which would… gulp, carry another pickup truck (see below).

Above: Still from Tesla presentation of the consumer-facing “beast” of a pickup truck that can carry another pickup truck (Image: Tesla)

Back to the Semi, what about its range? It turns out, Tesla’s Semi has a driving range of 500 miles. And, “Tesla Semi can charge 400 miles in 30 minutes,” whereas a diesel takes 15 minutes to refuel. Charging occurs at Tesla’s “Megachargers [which] run on solar power and Tesla has guaranteed electricity rates of $0.07 per kWh with Semi owners.” Furthermore, “Musk noted that the semi-truck is expected to save operators $200K on fuel alone over 1 million miles.”

Tesla Semi
Tesla Semi
Tesla Semi

Above: A look at the new Tesla Semi Truck (Image: Tesla)


Source: TeslaTeslaratiThe GuardianThe Verge

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12 Comments on "EVANNEX Recaps Tesla Semi Debut: Roadster, Megachargers, More"

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The Jobs model of carnival barker is still going.

The serial anti-Tesla trolling/FUDDING and Big Oil shilling of SJC is still going.

Watch the insults, you can be banned like others have.

Gee, that sounds EXACTLY like what somebody who was once banned and came back with a new name would say…..

No, I have had the same name for years, I have heard comments from people who were banned, it happens.

I can only guess you know nothing about the sort of people who have been banned from posting here. Keep going the way you are, SJC, and you’ll be next.

Btw here is $250 million, interest free, to help get things going, or to keep things going.
1k orders for the Founders Edition Roadster.

Yup, the reservation money should go a long way towards self-funding the Roadster.

So what’s a Megacharger? Do we have any tech info on this?

Thanks, that’s great!

A literal in dept look.

Serial Numbers SN are 3, 18 and 20. With 4 per truck and the good old average rule that gives about 7 semi trucks made.

The Megacharger seem to hold 4 battery blocs separate like if 4 superchargers were connected simultaneously. At 135 KW, four would give 540 KW. That is still not enough, so they must have higher voltage as well, perhaps 800 V by connection 2 packs in serial. That would give 1080 KW total thereby achieving the Megacharger threshold. Although that would still be short to fill 400 miles at 2 KWh/mile in 30 minutes. So they could already be using 1600 V and 2160 KW.

We can also see the motor reduction ration 15:1.

Hmmm… I uploaded this image to the InsideEVs forum “media” section, but it’s not showing with a graphic URL extension, so I dunno if it will display the picture here or not: