As most of you know Tesla unveiled two electric semi-trucks and a new high-performance roadster on November 16, 2017. It confirmed what we had thought which is that an EV semi-truck is going to be cheaper than a diesel semi-truck. The Tesla semi-truck is semi-autonomous today, when that turns fully autonomous we think the cost per ton-mile could be reduced by 75% from today’s rates. that’s going to be cheaper than rail, it’s going to drive more goods over trucks and it’s going to completely transform logistics as we know it.
Tesla Semi Truck- The Future Of The Transport Industry
How Tesla Semi Truck Will help Trucking Industry?
First, let’s briefly take a look at the trucks, Trucking is actually a bigger industry than you might imagine. Taking the United States as an example, the trucking industry employs over 7 million people per year and 80 percent of all cargo in America is still transported by trucks. that’s four times as much as air, pipeline, rail, and sea combined, with this in mind you can easily see how logistics companies would be very interested in an electric truck that performs better and is much cheaper to run than it’s diesel counterpart. The Tesla Semi Truck has built-in connectivity. This means that the truck’s info and panels will integrate directly into the fleet management system. This will allow for easier, faster, updated routing and monitoring from a remote location.
The Speed and Battery Range of Tesla Semi Truck
the electric trucks will do 0 to 100 km/hr or 60 mi/h an hour in 5 seconds whereas average truck takes 15 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mi/h. In a worst-case scenario with a max gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds or about 36 tons, the truck will be able to get 500 miles of range. It will provide savings on fuel on a gargantuan scale, and above all, it’s going to be environmentally friendly due to its dependence on electricity. an electric truck is inherently easier to drive because there are no gears but meanwhile, it’s not uncommon for normal trucks to have over 16 gears. Tesla claims that 30 minutes of charge will get you 400 miles and for reference to fill the tank of a normal truck takes about 15 minutes so either way, this makes sense if you’ve been driving a long time and just need a break.
How Safe is the Tesla Semi Truck?
The autopilot will be standard so if you have a medical emergency while driving, the truck will keep to its lane gradually stop and if it doesn’t hear a response from you it even calls an ambulance. the risk of the truck jackknifing (bend into V-shape in an uncontrolled skidding movement) has also been said to be virtually eliminated due to independent torque vectoring on each wheel. the truck is also claimed to be a lot safer, one of the reasons is due to a lower center of gravity from the weight of the battery packs making rollovers very unlikely. the company is offering a 1-million-mile guarantee on each of these semi-trucks.
Final Thoughts On Tesla Semi Truck
In future, If the Tesla Semi Truck gets fully autonomous capabilities then it will allow drivers to sleep while driving or take rest. This means faster delivery times, and truck drivers can return home to their families faster. This will cut out a significant amount of travel time where the driver would need to pull over to rest.
As far as performance is concerned, the Tesla electric semi truck can capture the long journey very quickly as compared to normal trucks so it is good for customers as well as the transport companies. Tesla will probably improve its battery capabilities, but it won’t be good enough to replace conventional trucks any time in the near future. Currently, what lacking in this semi truck is the Battery Range, 500 miles might be less for some people cause they will use it for transportation purpose so it will be better if Tesla increase the Battery range of Semi Trucks.