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- Tesla introduced its first truck, the Semi, on Thursday night.
- The company said the Semi could go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds when it’s not attached to a trailer.
- It can reach 60 mph in 20 seconds when carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo, the company said.
Tesla on Thursday night introduced its first truck, the Semi, which the company hopes will transform the long-haul freight industry. The vehicle had numerous impressive announced specs, including a 500-mile range per charge and the ability to travel in a pack of other semis autonomously, but one feature was particularly surprising.
When the truck is not attached to a trailer, the company said, it can go from zero to 60 mph in just five seconds. For comparison, a Ford Mustang EcoBoost takes 5.6 seconds to do the same. And according to Tesla, even when the Semi is carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo, it will be able to move from zero to 60 mph in 20 seconds.
“We designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,” CEO Elon Musk said at Thursday night’s event. While the cost-conscious freight-shipping industry is difficult to break into, the Semi’s apparent combination of speed, range, and high-tech capabilities may help Tesla succeed where others have failed.