Tesla Unveils Electric Semi-truck

Tesla’s newest offering has been suitably named as the ‘Semi’ and can complete 800 km on a single car charge and can do more number of trips in its life span than a diesel truck.

Tesla unveiled on November 16, 2017, a fully electric semi-truck, which is powered by a massive battery and shares a number of parts with its new mass-market passenger vehicle the Model 3, which include the same motor and handle. The semi-truck has the capability to speed up from zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds, even when it is fully loaded. Moreover, the truck will be able to travel 500 miles for a single charge of a battery and drives 65 mph when loaded to 40 tons.

The tesla semi-truck is a Class 8 and the largest heavy duty loading trucks that are charged via “megachargers” – similar to Tesla’s supercharger network – which generates energy needed to charge the battery via solar panels. Moreover, the company is also guaranteeing the drive train for 1 million miles. The cost of the truck is estimated at US$ 5,000 per truck and the production will begin in 2019

Many companies are investing in R&D in order to introduce new solutions, says Anne Goodchild, works in the University of Washington’s Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center.  “There are few who will be eager to be testing that out on their day-to-day operations,” she says.

The company says that the truck is able to do more number of trips than a diesel truck in its life period and the truck has better drag coefficient, majorly due to its aerodynamic design. Moreover, the truck has regenerative braking which improves the brake life and there are no gears in the vehicle, which makes it convenient for drivers.

The cabin of the truck is made tall enough for the driver to stand and the driving position is also slightly centered. The cabin has touchscreen systems on either side of the driver that provides various facilities include navigation, blind spot monitoring, and trip data logging. The company says that the semi-truck will drive just like any other Tesla, making reference to the passenger electric vehicles the Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

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