Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Elon Musk is depressed after his breakup. Wccftech

Elon Musk is depressed after his breakup. Wccftech

But auto industry experts questioned whether Tesla would be able to deliver the new vehicles given its problems getting the new mid-priced Model 3 off the production line.

So, yes, the Tesla Semi will be able to drive itself, on the highways at least. Musk has said it should take about two years for the semi to go on sale.

"By the time you are done with your break, the truck is ready to go".

Both vehicles are fast: The Roadster can take itself from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, and the Semi can perform the same feat in five seconds (unburdened by a trailer), Tesla says.

Actress Amber Heard Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend. Reuters
Actress Amber Heard Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend. Reuters

But Walmart's statement reveals yet another key selling point: Tesla's Semi can help with corporate sustainability efforts, and companies all over the world have committed to reducing emissions and lowering their ecological impact, whether due to internal targets and image considerations, or requirements from regulators and governing bodies.

Speaking yesterday at the launch of the Tesla Semi, Elon Musk said "it's not like any truck you've ever driven".

Musk has said Tesla is also working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China.

The truck has a 500-mile range on one charge even if it's fully loaded at a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds. Instead, they showed a truck with a dramatically greater range.

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Semi adds one more major project on the plate of Musk, who not only has several in the works at Tesla, but also runs aerospace company Space X, and The Boring Company, which is attempting to solve traffic woes by creating a high-speed transportation system featuring a series of tunnels. And so is a startup called Nikola Motor, which just so happens to be the first name of the famed inventor that Tesla is named after. Musk said it will be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour while going up a 5 percent grade. "It's just big. It's super-easy to drive".

"Survives a nuclear explosion, or you get a full refund", Musk said.

Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, said the challenge for Tesla now will be keeping its promises, especially when it comes to potential truck buyers.

And in case the semi truck wasn't enough to grab your interest, Musk also ended the presentation with the debut of the new Roadster. "So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it hard to see these vehicles as more than "what if" concept cars".

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But truck drivers may still have some reservations.

Meanwhile, J.B. Hunt Transportation Services also announced today that it would be experimenting with the Tesla Semi. Electric truck sales totaled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.

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