Everyone Is Talking About The Tesla Roadster But The Real Star Is Its Semi Truck
Tesla has got Apple's "One More Thing" down pat. In a stunning conclusion to Tesla's Semi Truck announcement, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and co-founder of many truly awesome and mind-boggling things (PayPal, SpaceX, SolarCity, etc.), announced in a nonchalant way that the Truck was transporting something all along. It was the new Tesla Roadster. By this time your news feed has probably been inundated with these facts:
0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds
0-100 MPH in 4.2 seconds
Quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds
Top speed of 250+ MPH
10,000 Nm of Torque (7,376 ft-lbs of torque)
620 mile (1000 km) range
Cost: $250,000 (Founder Series, first 1,000 owners)
Cost For Everyone Else: $200,000
Available in the year 2020
While we're stunned by these astounding figures, the real "game-changer" is the actual Tesla Semi Truck, the vehicle that the whole press conference was centered around. The performance figures as well as its list of capabilities are unheard of in the trucking realm, shocking the world in a similar way when Tesla first revealed its Model S. Here are the fast facts for the Tesla Semi Truck:
0-60 MPH in 5.0 seconds
0-60 MPH (with 80,000 Gross Vehicle Weight) in: 20.0 seconds
5% Grade Hill capable of 65 MPH cruising speed (compared to 45 MPH of Diesel)
500 mile range at 80,000 GVW at highway speed
30 minutes of charging nets 400 mile range
0.36 Cd (Coefficient of drag) The Bugatti Chiron has 0.38 Cd
Automatic Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, and Forward Collision Warning
1 Million Mile Drivetrain Guarantee that it won't break down
Four Independent Electric Motor Drivetrains
Brake Pads that last "Forever"
Thermonuclear Explosion Proof Glass
Remote Diagnostics, Location Tracking, and Communication With Dispatch
Lowest Cost Of Ownership, 20% cheaper to operate than a diesel truck
Production begins in 2019
All of the points above mean that shipping companies should begin taking notice and start ordering. The biggest factor being the penultimate point: the truck having a lower cost of ownership than standard diesel trucks. Not only can companies rely on having a safer mode of transport but they can also operate at a lower cost per mile.
Given the stunning range of 500 miles and a 400 mile range out of a 30 minute charge, the Tesla Semi Truck will be capable of staying on the road longer. Since the truck is also equipped with a more advanced version of AutoPilot, the possibility of self-driving through the night while the operator sleeps is not a scenario that requires a far stretch of the imagination, in fact will most likely be an immediate reality.
The longer the Semi Truck operates on the road just means that your Amazon shipment and everyday consumer products you rely on has just been made a bit easier and cheaper to transport. While the risks involved in shipping goods has just been lowered by taking more of the human element out of it. The question is whether the advent of the self-driving truck will severely affect the livelihood of today's truck drivers?
What do you think of the new Tesla Semi Truck? Is it a bigger game-changer than the widely talked about Tesla Roadster? Let us know in the comments below!