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Ep 113 - Semi vs. Roadster

Robert's Videos from the Tesla Semi and Roadster Event:

SEMI -  aka. BAMF

  • 500 mile range w/ 80,000 lb load (Max legal limit)

  • 400 mi of range charge in 30 minutes - roughly 1.6 MW charging or about more than 10 times more powerful than Tesla’s current Superchargers.


  • Double the voltage to 960V

  • 6x the amperage via 4x larger charge port

  • I expect they’ll have to cool the cable & handle

  • Single seat was what they showed us with 2-screens

  • $1.26 per mile, compared with $1.51 per mile in a diesel truck, and when platooning 3-trucks $0.85/mile “cheaper than rail transport”!

  • 4 independent electric motors on rear axles – enabling insane torque for a 0 to 60 mph acceleration with a full load (80,000 Lbs) in 20 seconds.

Roadster (the original)

  • First versions (Roadster 1.5, 2 & 2.5) began deliveries in 2008 - Tesla sold about 2,450 Roadsters in over 30 countries - According to the U.S. EPA, the Roadster can travel 244 miles - US$112,000 - Tesla produced the Roadster until January 2012

  • Tesla ordered 2,500 gliders from Lotus - Where are those 50 gliders? Being held for parts - used for testing?

  • Roadster 3.0 (Summer 2016) was an upgrade/refresh package


  • included a new 80 kWh battery (increased the original 240 mi range -> 340 mi), aero body kit, change of tire type for decreased rolling resistance

Roadster Deux, more accurately 4.0 is due out in 2020, aka. Next Gen Roadster, #NGR

  • 1.9 sec 0 - 60 MPH & 1 - 100 MPH 4.2 sec  = WHIPLASH, seeing stars, syncope!

  • Lower coefficient of friction than a Bugatti Chiron

  • Top speed 250 MPH (402 kPH)

  • 620 miles (1000 km) of range

  • 200 kwh battery in a small footprint. Floorboard is higher than the original roadster, opinions are that Tesla has stacked 2-100 kWh battery trays

  • $250,000 for founders - 1000 limit “specs will exceed those announced” but they were not specific. Emile, the demonstration driver, said “this never gets old”.

  • $200,000 for standard super car - no limit announced

  • $250 million $$ interest free loan from founder’s deposits

How long till they announce it is sold out? They won’t say much till then

Next Gen Roadster rides were given to those who placed $5000 deposits, >60 rides were given! I heard of numerous others placing orders online Thurs. night.

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