Tesla's new big rig can go from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds

Tesla semiAlexis Georgeson/TeslaTesla’s semi-truck will be able to go from 0-60 miles per hour in just five seconds.
  • Tesla introduced its first truck, the Semi, last night.
  • The Semi can go from 0-60 miles per hour in five seconds when it’s not attached to a trailer.
  • It can reach 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo.

Tesla introduced its first truck, the Semi, last night, which the company hopes will transform the long-haul freight industry. The vehicle has a number of impressive 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, it can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just five seconds. For comparison, a Ford Mustang EcoBoost takes 5.6 seconds to do the same. And even when the Tesla Semi is carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo, it will be able to move from 0-60 miles per hour in 20 seconds.

“We designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,” CEO Elon Musk said at the event.

While the cost-conscious freight shipping industry is difficult to break into, the Semi’s combination of speed, range, and high-tech capabilities may help Tesla succeed where others have failed.

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