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Tesla's Semi and Roadster impress, but 'production hell' raises doubts about follow-through

Tesla's Semi and Roadster impress, but 'production hell' raises doubts about follow-through

Elon Musk wowed the world with the introduction of a new Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck Thursday night, as well as a sexy new $200,000 Roadster sports car that goes from zero to 60 mph in an unheard-of 1.9 seconds.

The Roadster was a surprise, intended, Musk said, to “give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars.” Reserving one of the first few cars, which will arrive in 2020, requires a $5,000 credit card payment and a $245,000 wire transfer payment within 10 days, according to the Tesla website. (The deposit falls to $50,000 if you’re willing to wait.)

As with Tesla’s rollout of its Model 3 sedan, those deposits should bring needed capital to the cash-burning company.

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