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The sports car will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, making it the fastest production car ever made, CEO Elon Musk said.
Heavy duty trucks create a massive amount of emissions, and electric semis like Teslas' could help.
Goldman Sachs says that Tesla's Model 3 production woes will outweigh the positive short-term effects of the semi truck and Roadster announcements.
Bob Lutz's remarks come less than 24 hours after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his company's first electric big rig truck and a new Tesla Roadster.
The sub-two-second 0-60 mph speed of the new Tesla Roadster is for the base version of the car.
Wal-Mart is the most high-profile customer for Tesla's electric trucks so far.
The semi Tesla revealed Thursday may be as quick as a sports car, with the company saying it can go from zero to 60 mph in just five seconds without a trailer.
Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Semi on Thursday night, an all-electric big rig that can travel 500 miles on a single charge.
Tesla unveiled its first electric big rig on Thursday — and the design is simply stunning.
Using convoys — Tesla Semis yoked together with connected Autopilot technology — operational costs are cheaper than freight trains.