The new Electric Truck from Tesla (the Semi) was unveiled by company founder Elon Musk this week and, we have to admit, it’s pretty darn impressive.
The Tesla Electric Truck is a Class 8 transport vehicle with astonishing design, but it’s what’s under the hood (and the rest of it) which makes it truly remarkable.
Techcrunch’s Darrell Etherington broke down the specifics of the magnificent beast, shortly after it’s announcement:
“The Tesla Semi will go 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, which is incredibly fast compared to a diesel truck. It can go 0 to 60 mph towing 80,000 lbs, its max tow load, in just 20 seconds. It can go 65 mph up a 5 percent grade, which is way better than the 45 mph max that a diesel competitor can do. And for range, it can go 500 miles at highway speed, and less than 80 percent trips are at 250 miles. It also has a better drag coefficient than a super car thanks to its extremely aerodynamic design.”
The truck utilises some of the features of the Model 3 Tesla, whilst simultaneously redefining what a goods delivery vehicle can look like. Never has commercial transportation seemed so appealing.
The environmental implications are clear. Running on electricity and fuelled by solar-powered Megachargers (getting up to 400 miles from a 30 minute charge), the Tesla Semi also includes a number of additional driver-related features which are stated to make it a safer vehicle on the road.
The trucks are reportedly unable to jackknife, one of the leading causes of accidents for vehicles of this kind, as Etherington outlines: “The Tesla Semi has active safety measures designed to prevent this from happening. It does this by taking advantage of its unique electric drivetrain, which includes independent motors for each of the wheels. The truck can sense distribution of weight across those wheels, and actuate the motors or brake them accordingly to maximize traction control, and automatically correct for thing like oversteer in response to weight shifts.”
While there is no set price for the Tesla Semi yet, Musk has stated that the overall cost of maintaining one will equate to less than the operational costs of a standard Diesel vehicle. This takes into account, not only fuel, but the costly maintenance and upkeep that often comes after prolonged periods of use.
Walmart and Canadian retailers Loblaw have expressed excitement at being among the first companies to place pre-orders for the vehicles. Both have declared that this is a move to reduce their own carbon footprint. Here’s hoping many more will follow.