Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk unveils 'fastest production car ever' in shock announcement
23:10, Friday, 17 November, 2017
The truck can go up to 500 miles (800 km) at maximum weight at highway speed, Musk said.
Diesel trucks are capable of traveling up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km) on a single tank of fuel.
The Tesla Semi can also go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 km per hour) in five seconds without cargo or reach 60 mph in 20 seconds at the maximum weight allowed on U.S. highways of 80,000 pounds (36,300 kg).
"I can drive this thing and I have no idea how to drive a semi," Musk joked.
Ahead of the unveiling, Tesla executives showed off the Class 8 truck to journalists, describing it as "trailer agnostic," or capable of hauling any type of freight. Class 8 is the heaviest weight classification on trucks.