Tesla Inc unveils a new $200,000 Tesla Roadster upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday.
With a dramatic entry, a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.
This surprise wowed the crowd, although some analysts’ heads started throbbing at the variety of new projects launched as the company is struggling to produce the more affordable sedan upon which its future depends.
Having a removable glass roof this new sports car is an updated version of Tesla’s first production vehicle. It has capacity of four and travel 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge, which is a new record for an electric vehicle, added Musk. This car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 km per hour) in 1.9 seconds with a maximum speed over 250 mph, which would make it the fastest car in general production.
Musk said, “You’ll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco, and back, at highway speed without recharging. The point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smack down to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”
The first 1,000 cars will cost $250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000. Musk did not reveal the price for the Semi, or how or where either product would be built, but he said the truck would begin production in 2019 and that the Roadster would be available a year later.