Tesla unveils its electric Semi truck at last

18 November, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Tesla Roadster

The new model is set to begin production in 2020 and will cost $200,000. On the one hand, the Tesla Semi is shaping up to be the hot-rod of trucks, with a 0-60 miles per hour time of 20 seconds even when at maximum 80,000 pound load.

If you're following Elon Musk on his personal Twitter account, you might remember that back in September he was asked whether there will be a Tesla pickup. "This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively", said Bruce Clark, a senior vice president and automotive analyst at Moody's.

Tesla claims the electric costs of the Semi are half that of a traditional diesel semi truck, thanks to fewer systems to maintain (no transmission or brake pads to name a few), providing a number of over $200,000 Dollars in fuel savings, and a two-year payback period.

But the triumphant launch event was tinged by the knowledge that Tesla's grand ambitions do not always deliver in reality.

If you missed the specs, the new Roadster will reach 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and has a driving range of 620 miles.

Tesla is getting into the big rig business.

The semi's drive systems are guaranteed to last for 1 million miles, Tesla said. It's unlike anything you will see in a similar segment, and Tesla gets complete points for standing out in design.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Semi won't go into production until 2019, but Tesla founder Elon Musk said the lorry will be cheaper to run than a diesel alternative and will travel up to 500 miles at maximum weight at motorway speeds.

The release of the new vehicle prototypes comes two weeks after Tesla reported its biggest-ever quarterly loss as the company delayed by months a production goal for its critical Model 3 sedan. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi's reliability.

Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. The pilot program will see the electric truck join Walmart's existing fleet of around 6,000 vehicles.

Shares of the electric vehicle maker rose almost 3% in opening trading Friday after the company rolled out Tesla Semi, an electric-powered big rig truck with a 500-mile range. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems.

Just when Tesla's product event looked like it was over, the electric-car maker pulled one of Apple's "one more thing" surprise announcements. "Diesel fuel is readily available and relatively efficient for heavy long-haul trucks that cruise open highways at a fixed speed".

But truck drivers may still have some reservations.


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