Cool cars always get a lot of hype around them, trucks on the other hand... not so much. And I don't mean like a pickup truck, I mean big heavy enormous, well SEMI trucks.But suddenly this one has quite a lot of hype, and now we have some more information about it!
Elon Musk, amidst sending out a space ship to Mars has also brought something to us here at earth. Yes, it's this:
The first ever ELECTRIC SEMI TRUCK. Unveiled tonight at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California it did as Musk tweeted:
It blows my head how beneficial this type of creation could be for truckers and for the entire industry. That is if the vehicle makes it into production. They called it the Tesla Semi, and basically it integrates the battery packs, just like any other Tesla, with its in-house-designed chassis. A Tesla representative said safety, efficiency, and driver comfort were all top priorities for engineers and designers as they designed the entire truck from the ground up and that.
The so far spec-less Semi uses four Model 3 electric motors (NOT ENGINES), one for each of its rear wheels. The truck at the release was a day cab, meaning it had no place for the driver to sleep, but we are told that one with those features may come soon!
One of the most important factors for Tesla when making the truck was safety. To make it as safe as they could they have a variety of interesting technological touches, including onboard sensors that detect instability and apply positive or negative torque, surround cameras to reduce blind spots, and Teslas infamous "Enhanced Autopilot semi-autonomous system." In addition to this, Tesla also talked about how reliable this truck will be seeing as it has much less moving parts than most Semi's, and in turn, it will reduce spending costs for consumers.
BUT Motor Trend Magazine says it very well, "Tesla’s semi-truck is impressive, but it’s not the only company working on a vehicle to revolutionize the trucking industry. This past summer, Cummins debuted an all-electric semi with a range of 100 miles (or 300 miles with extra battery packs). China’s BYD and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler also have electric semis in the works. Meanwhile, Utah’s Nikola Motor and auto giant Toyota each have a hydrogen fuel cell truck. Toyota’s Project Portal has already begun drayage test runs between the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. Tesla also isn’t the first to work on autonomous systems for heavy-duty trucks. Uber’s Otto, Google’s Waymo, Volvo, and Daimler are all busy trying to automate trucking and eliminate the driver to both reduce costs and decrease the chances for driver error."
Still, if Tesla can actually make and sell the truck, and with a reasonable price, they might just be the tipping point to make Semi companies go electric!
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