Is Elon Musk lying? That is the question we are going to answer here. The billionaire engineer claims that his new electric vehicle can do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and can travel 620 miles on a full charge. But how true are these claims? Especially that the roadster is not yet in production and the prototype has never been independently tested. According to Bloomberg, in order for for Tesla to deliver on the specs, Tesla would have to far exceed what is currently thought possible in today’s battery technology.
Its not just the roadster that’s being questioned, the Semi Truck is also being put under the microscope. Musk vowed that the semi-truck (called the Tesla Semi) would haul over 80,000 pounds for 500 miles on just a single charge. As bizarre as those claims are, Elon goes further to claim that the semi-truck can then recharge back up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes. That would require, based on Bloomberg estimates, a charging system that’s 10 times more powerful than the fastest battery-charging networks on the road today—Tesla’s own Superchargers. The guys at Bloomberg did the math for the new Tesla Roadster and figured out that the new super car would have to squeeze in a battery twice as powerful as the most powerful battery available today– in the same tiny frame!
Elon Musk’s claims are currently beyond industry standards for electric vehicles and would require advances in battery technology (which is what we think Elon Musk is banking on) or a new understanding of how batteries are manufactured and used in industry. In some cases, experts suspect that Elon Musk is relying on technological improvements between now and the time when new vehicles are actually ready for delivery. This seems like the most plausible explanation as to how Elon Musk can make such radical claims. But even so, waiting two years and hoping that battery technology catches up to your expectations is probably not a good strategy for the ailing tech company.
We are not saying that Elon Musk cannot deliver, but what we are saying is that his claims are a far stretch and should be scrutinized like everything else in the tech industry. But if in fact the Tesla Roadster can do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, then here is what we think of that: