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Tesla reveals electric lorry to revolutionise haulage

You'll often hear automakers brag of a sports car's zero-to-60 performance but less often for a big-rig truck. The sports auto, described as a "hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars" by Musk, will have a range of almost 620 miles on a single charge and go from 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds.

"We have a long history of testing new technology-including alternative-fuel trucks-and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle", said Walmart's Director of National Media Relations Kory Lundberg in an article from Bloomberg. Graced with the semblance of Darth Vader and an unusual center-mounted driver's seat, the truck's design signals how much the company wants to do things differently. According to Musk, the truck can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when carrying a full load of 80,000 pounds-the maximum weight allowed on US roads. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels.

Just like it has built a global network of "superchargers" for its passenger EVs, Tesla plans to build a network of "megachargers" around the world for trucks refuelling on the go, with the powerful plugs able to deliver 400 miles of charge in less than 30 minutes.

That's more than twice the distance of most trucking routes, Musk claimed, allowing a driver to make a round trip before recharging. There's also fierce competition in the electric truck market, with Volkswagen, Daimler and Cummins all either debuting their own versions or working hard on their development. The vehicle can travel up to 125 miles on one charge. The Roadster will have a range of 620 miles, he added. That would put it, at least, near the 261 mile-an-hour top speed of the $3 million Bugatti Chiron. For comparison, the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon, a single-seat auto engineered specifically for drag racing, manages it in just under 10 seconds.

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According to TechCrunch, it's a two by two four-seater and will be available in 2020 starting at $200,000, with 1000 Founder's Series models being sold retailing at $250,000 each.

Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. The company, one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, said that it had "placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi tractors" though did not specify exact numbers.

While shares in the company are up more than 40% this year, they have fallen 20% since hitting record highs in mid-September.

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