What Is So Special About The Tesla Semi?
Tesla chairman and CEO Elon Musk reveals a new semi-electric truck, the, to buyers and journalists at November 16, 2017, in Hawthorne, California, outside of Los Angeles. Elon Musks(trucker) unveiled a production version of Teslas(tanker) highly anticipated electric carmaker, Tesla Semi, a Class 8 all-electric commercial semi truck.
Unveiled in November 2017 by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Teslas semi is Teslas entry into the commercial trucking market, an all-electric car equipped with Autopilot functionality that helps to aid in semi-autonomous driving as well as security for truckers on long hauls.
The Tesla Semi is still a driver-operated vehicle, and is not fully autonomous, though Tesla Semi will feature semi-autonomous technology built-in for increased safety and efficiency of operation.
The EV makers semi will feature three independent motors on its rear axle, and the company says that the truck has a 20-second zero-to-60-mph acceleration five times quicker than a regular diesel-powered semi. Tesla says the semi is powered by four independent motors on the rear axle, able to reach 0-60 mph in 20 seconds, and has up to 500 miles of battery range.
Teslas Semi will have an estimated 500-mile range from a Tesla charge, and this range could be achieved at 82,000 pounds gross weight (Tesla says federal regulations permit EV trucks to weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
Tesla says its semi-electric truck will be capable of 800 km in top speed, and it will be capable of going from 0-100 km/hr in 20 seconds at 40 tons. Well, since cost savings are so drastic (it is roughly 83% cheaper to run and haul freight in the Tesla Semi compared with the average diesel truck, plus it is likely to see significant reductions in costs from far less maintenance), this truck could be poised to upend the trucking industry, regardless of whether drivers are prepared.
The argument Tesla is trying to make is that an electric trucks higher upfront cost could be offset by lower operating costs and fewer maintenance costs.
Provisions in the newly passed inflation-reduction bill would surely make that economic case more attractive, provided the vehicles made by Tesla and the other American EV makers are qualified by using parts and batteries made in the United States.
These are only a few of the offerings that the Tesla Semi will face off against the race to put electric trucks on the road is heating up, and the trucking industry at large will hope the competition helps boost efficiency and lower costs.
Tesla is known for its ambitious, if overhyped, Autopilot and full self-driving, but each of its ambitions will find a better home on the Teslas more prominent trucks than on private cars, as professional drivers just place a higher priority on the ability of the vehicles they are in.
Teslas CEO, Elon Musk, (TSLA 0.08%), recently said that his company would finally start shipping semi trucks from the electric carmaker later this year, five years after the vehicles first debuted.