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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Working With Semi Customers To Refine Mega Charger Plans

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Back in November, Tesla revealed its all-electric Semi, a product framed as nothing less than the catalyst to a battery-driven revolution in the freight industry. Now, the supporting infrastructure required to make the thing actually work in the real world is starting to come to light, as it was recently revealed that some of the companies that placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi are assisting the California-based automaker in its effort to create a new “Mega Charger” network.

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“Solar power will be a major component of the Mega Charger network, with an array of panels installed at each location to buff up the flow of electrons.”

When Tesla unveiled the Semi last year, it dropped quite a few rather unbelievable specs along the way. Unfortunately, unlike the world of passenger cars, there’s very little room for interpretation here – either it works and the freight arrives on time, or it doesn’t work and you lose money.

As such, the infrastructure required to power the EV Tesla Semi is absolutely critical to its success. To better suit the tight schedules drivers face every day on the road, Tesla is planning something called the Mega Charger network. Similar to Tesla’s passenger-car focused Superchargers, a network composed of some 1,100 charge points scattered around the globe, the plan is to build big-and-burly Mega Chargers along routes heavily trafficked by freight movers, offering extra miles to help Semi drivers get the job done.

Solar power will be a major component of the Mega Charger network, with an array of panels installed at each location to buff up the flow of electrons. Tesla has guaranteed a 7-cent-per-kW cost rate for charging, which is below average compared to what you get from the grid and no doubt buoyed by the previously mentioned solar panels.

The Mega Chargers will also offer an impressive bump in charging rate over the standard Supercharger outlet, with Tesla boasting the potential for as much as 400 miles in just 30 minutes. Half an hour is also roughly the time it takes to unload and load freight, which would make the Mega Charger a solid solution for juicing up a fleet of trucks onsite at various distribution centers.


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“The Mega Chargers will offer an impressive 400 miles in just 30 minutes. Half an hour is also roughly the time it takes to unload and load freight, which would make the Mega Charger a solid solution for juicing up a fleet of trucks onsite at various distribution centers.”

It would appear as though several major freight-reliant firms would agree, as Reuters is reporting that Tesla is teaming up with the likes of Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, and United Parcel Service Inc. to build Mega Chargers at select company facilities. Between them, the three companies mentioned have over 250 Tesla Semis on pre-order.
In total, nine major firms have placed orders for the all-electric vehicle, with standouts including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sysco Corp., UPS, and the grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd.

For now, it looks as though the proposed routes each Semi would take would stay within their projected range per charge, which means the on-site Mega Chargers would be sufficient for operation. However, expansion is expected in the future.

PepsiCo, which has 100 Semis on reserve, chimed in. “We have a lot of in-house capability around energy and engineering… and certainly Tesla brings their expertise to the table on energy and charging,” said PepsiCo executive Mike O’Connell to Reuters.

The details of the partnership are still unknown, and it’s uncertain what sort of compensation (if any) Tesla will receive for its design and engineering work. Building costs are also up in the air. However, it’s believed that the various deals are still very much in a state of flux and could change in the future.

There’s also reports that firms are looking into creating new all-electric infrastructure of their own to help bolster the proposed Tesla network around the U.S.


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“It's uncertain how Tesla will meet its proposed timetable, especially when you consider its history of pushed deadlines and the fact it's still struggling to meet the marks for its other model lines, specifically the Model 3.”

However, it’s uncertain how Tesla will meet its proposed timetable, especially when you consider its history of pushed deadlines and the fact it’s still struggling to meet the marks for its other model lines, specifically the Model 3. And that’s particularly unsettling considering just how ambitious the Mega Charger plan is shaping up to be. Some analysts are saying Tesla won’t even be able to deliver on its target delivery date for production of the Semi, which at the moment is set at 2019, making the new infrastructure proposals even more questionable. Meanwhile, there are further doubts among the major trucking companies as to whether the Tesla Semi can even deliver on its specs as promised in the reveal.

But hey – Tesla relishes any opportunity to play the under dog, so that’s about par for the course.

As a reminder, Tesla says the Semi can achieve upwards of 500 miles per charge and hit 60 mph in just 5 seconds without a trailer. With a full 80,000-pound payload hitched up, Tesla says the Semi should be able to hit 60 mph in 20 seconds, as well as climb a 5-percent grade at 65 mph. Pricing is set between $150,000 and $200,000 depending on the range-per-charge option selected. CEO Elon Musk claims the cost of the Semi will be recouped in fuel savings alone over the course of a million-mile lifetime.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Add UPS to the Growing List of Companies That Have Placed Orders For Tesla’s Semi Trucks

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Walmart, DHL, Anheuser-Busch, and PepsiCo. have all signed up and ordered Tesla’s all-electric semi trucks. Now you can add DHL rival UPS to that list. The global delivery giant has pre-ordered 125 semi trucks from the electric car maker, making it the latest large-scale company to try out Tesla’s new breakthrough product.


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“Taking into account UPS’ pre-order of 125 semi trucks, Tesla probably has over 500 orders of its trucks already”

It’s no secret that Tesla’s all-electric semi trucks have the attention of a lot of companies. Taking into account UPS’ pre-order of 125 semi trucks, Tesla probably has over 500 orders of its trucks already. That’s an impressive feat for something that a lot of people were skeptical about when Elon Musk first announced plans for the all-electric trucks.

In the case of UPS, no less than the company’s chief information and engineering officer, Juan Perez, confirmed the company’s pre-order of 125 trucks. “For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations,” he said. “We look forward to expanding further our commitment to fleet excellence with Tesla. These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership.”

That’s as good a stamp of approval as you’ll see from a company that’s considered as one of the biggest fleet operators in the world with 108,000 delivery vehicles scattered all over the globe.


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“UPS didn’t say how many of these orders are for the 300-mile range version of Tesla’s electric semis and how many are for the 500-mile range version”

UPS didn’t say how many of these orders are for the 300-mile range version of Tesla’s electric semis and how many are for the 500-mile range version. What we do know is that UPS is already making a huge push towards offering this kind of service for the future. In addition to its order of Tesla’s electric semis, the company is also converting as many as 1,500 of its delivery trucks to battery-electric. Likewise, it has also purchased Daimler’s new electric trucks to add to its growing fleet. All these moves are part of UPS’ goal to bolster its fleet by buying one vehicle with alternative fuel or advanced technology for every four vehicles it buys by 2020.

UPS’ order of Tesla’s all-electric semi trucks didn’t come cheap either. Taking into account the deposit price of $20,000 for a base reservation of the production model, UPS’ order comes with a deposit of $2.5 million.

Through all of this, one thing has become clear about Tesla’s all-electric semi trucks: the demand for it is strong.

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PostHeaderIcon Word Has it the Tesla Semi Performance Specs are the Real McCoy

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Are Tesla’s electric semi trucks really capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds on their own and 20 seconds with a full load behind them? Better yet, can these trucks really hit a top speed of 65 mph while going up a five-percent grade? Since we’re already asking these questions, do these trucks really have the range to travel up to 500 miles? All these numbers were presented by Tesla during the electric truck’s unveiling last month. Almost all of them are mind-blowing by industry standards so, naturally, the specs came with plenty of skepticism. Are these specs real or fabricated? Well, according to Electrek, a transporter that participated in the Tesla Semi test program confirmed that the specs are, in fact, real — or at least most of them are.


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“When it comes to vehicles as important as Tesla’s all-electric semi-truck, there’s bound to be a lot of discussion surrounding its capabilities”

When it comes to vehicles as important as Tesla’s all-electric semi-truck, there’s bound to be a lot of discussion surrounding its capabilities. That’s completely understandable, and it’s also to be expected. What gets lost in all the hype is the veracity of Tesla’s claims. Well, it’s not as concrete an answer as we’re expecting, but Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas claims to have spoken with XPO Logistics, a company that helped Tesla test its prototypes, and it revealed that there’s a lot of truth to Tesla’s claims.

“The Tesla Semi has already received important validation from some customers,” Jonas wrote in his note clients. “We spoke with mgmt. at XPO Logistics, one of the largest logistics companies in the country, that has been talking to Tesla on their EV semi for the past 18 months, including testing live prototypes. XPO mgmt. confirmed that in their testing, the features and capabilities of the truck mostly lived up to Tesla’s claims at the launch event, including the performance vs. diesel trucks up a 5% grade (55 mph vs 45 mph), recharging time, safety/anti jackknifing features and payload (similar to a typical diesel truck, as confirmed by Tesla).”


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“The range of miles on a single charge with a full load will largely decide how successful these all-electric semi trucks are.”

These are incredible revelations, for sure, but there was no mention on whether the electric semis are capable of the 500-mile range that the company promised. As impressive as these performance numbers are, the range of miles on a single charge with a full load will largely decide how successful these all-electric semi trucks are. Granted, XPO Logistics may not have been able to test that one completely, so it’s still too early to assume the real range these all-electric semis have.

But as far as Tesla’s other performance claims go, they look to be legitimate. Incredible, right?

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PostHeaderIcon PepsiCo Orders Up 100 Semi Trucks from Tesla

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Add PepsiCo to the growing number of companies that are buying in on Tesla’s new electric truck. The food and beverage giant has reserved 100 units of the electric semis, joining the likes of Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, and Sysco as the first wave of companies that are buying into what the electric car maker is selling. The electric trucks are seen as affordable alternatives to diesel trucks with the range and cargo capacity to compete with its traditional counterparts.


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“PepsiCo’s order of 100 trucks is the biggest one to date for Tesla”

PepsiCo’s order of 100 trucks is the biggest one to date for Tesla. It’s a big deal for the EV company to have a company as big as PepsiCo step in and show some confidence in its product. Other companies like Wal-Mart and Anheuser-Busch have placed orders. Fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc and foodservice distribution company Sysco Corp. have done the same too. According to Reuters’ tally, the total number of reservations to date sits at 267 trucks. But that number could also be the tip of the iceberg. It’s possible that Tesla has also taken reservations from other companies and smaller truck operators without publicly announcing it. Other reports even suggest that Tesla has actually taken around 1,200 reservations for its trucks. Regardless of the number, the interest in the product is a good thing for Tesla.

In PepsiCo’s case, the F&B giant indicated that its order of 100 trucks is intended for shipments between manufacturing and distribution facilities and to retailers within the 500-mile range that Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised. There’s a possibility that PepsiCo orders more trucks in the future, but that’s contingent on how successful its trial runs are.


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“PepsiCo and all the other companies that placed orders for the trucks still have some waiting to do before taking delivery of the haulers”

For now, PepsiCo and all the other companies that placed orders for the trucks still have some waiting to do before taking delivery of the haulers. Tesla doesn’t expect the electric big rigs to hit production until 2019, and that’s assuming that there are no delays on that front. That, in itself, is a tough ask from Tesla, a company that’s known for production delays.

Still, expect more companies to get in on Tesla’s new semi trucks. Demand is strong at this point, and if the trucks live up to the hype, they can be industry-changing. Reuters is even reporting that after initially asking $5,000 per truck for pre-orders, Tesla has bumped that figure up to around $20,000. That’s a sign that there’s a lot of activity happening on that front.

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PostHeaderIcon Budweiser Deliveries Get Electrified: Anheuser-Busch orders 40 Tesla Semis

2019 Tesla Semi

Tesla has been racking up pre-orders for its all-electric Semi truck since its debut in mid-November, with Anheuser-Busch being one of the latest corporations and the first brewer to join the fray. Anheuser-Busch has reportedly ordered 40 Tesla Semis, making the second-largest order in the truck’s short history. Food giant Sysco announced its pre-order of 50 Semis shortly after AB.

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“Anheuser-Busch will use the Tesla Semis to deliver Budweiser beer from its brewery locations to wholesalers within a 150- to 200-mile range”

James Sembrot, AB’s senior director of logistics, is quoted on insideevs.com as saying, “At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative. This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”

Anheuser-Busch will use the Tesla Semis to deliver Budweiser beer from its brewery locations to wholesalers within a 150- to 200-mile range, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Teslas will join AB’s fleet of roughly 750 trucks nationwide, which are owned and operated by third-party companies. It’s unknown whether AB will lease the Tesla Semis, outright buy them, or have its third-party companies purchase the trucks.

AB declined to disclose the reservation price of each truck but admits it placed its order long before the Tesla Semi’s debut in November. At that time, deposits were $5,000. Tesla has since raised the price to $20,000 in a response to demand. The Semi’s full price is expected to range from $150,000 to $200,000 when it finally reaches the market in 2019. So far, Tesla has accumulated an estimated 200 pre-orders for the Semi. Naturally, that number is expected to grow as more companies jump on board.

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PostHeaderIcon DHL Delivery Service Orders 10 Examples of the Tesla Semi

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DHL, the worldwide shipping service, has reportedly ordered 10 Tesla Semi trucks. DHL joins big-name companies like Wal-Mart, Ryder, J.B. Hunt, and Loblaws in the early adoption of Tesla’s newest model. The down payment for reserving a Semi is $20,000 – 10-percent of the truck’s full price. And though Tesla has not released its official numbers, roughly 200 trucks have reportedly already been ordered.

DHL told the Wall Street Journal it will use the Tesla Semi for shuttle runs and same-day customer deliveries in major U.S. cities while testing the trucks on long-haul-routes to evaluate driver safety and comfort. Like its other products, the Tesla Semi will offer self-driving capabilities, which should be a big help to truck drivers. Ther’s also an energy-saving “convoy mode” that allows for an autonomously controlled line of closely spaced Semis, which reduces aerodynamic drag on the following trucks.

Tesla says its Semi will travel a minimum of 500 miles on a single charge and have access to Tesla’s planned network of charging stations called Mega Chargers. The powerful electric motors will outgun current turbodiesel trucks, too. It has a claimed 0-to-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds when empty and only 20 seconds when loaded with a full 80,000 pounds. Climbing and descending hilly terrain will also be easier and safer, as well.

Though this is Tesla’s first swing into the 18-wheeler market, the California company has been working with DHL and other potential customers over the last year to offer feedback on prototype trucks. Needless to say, a mistake in this segment would be terribly costly for all involved.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla is Hemorrhaging Money at an Alarming Rate

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Elon Musk may have surprised the world by debuting the next Tesla Roadster side-by-side with the new Tesla Semi, but that’s not the biggest surprise to come out of the Tesla garage. The title of “biggest surprise” would be reserved for the fact that the company is burning through $8,000 per minute, $480,000 per hour, or $1 billion per quarter. And, at the current rate of expenditure, it is predicted that the company will run out of cash as soon as August of next year.

  • Company burns through $8,000 per minute, $480,000 an hour, or $1 billion per quarter
  • Current Cash will be Exhausted by Aug 6, 2017
  • Company expects Model 3 to cut back on cash hemorrhage
  • Despite cash burning, Tesla stocks continue to increase (up to $317.81 as of 11/21/17)
  • Some Analysts say at least $2 billion fresh capital needed by mid-2018
  • Tesla believes it can still produce 5,000 Model 3 sedans by the end of March 2018
  • Founders Series Roadster could generate $250 million in down payments
  • CFO Deepak Ahuja believes capital expenditures to decline with payoff of Model 3 expenses
  • Model 3 and Semi production will cost billions
  • Tesla using as much as 70% of revolving debt ever

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“Some analysts are saying that Tesla will need at least $2 billion in fresh capital by the middle of 2018”

Tesla believes that paying off various Model 3 expenses and by ramping up Model 3 production, the cash hemorrhaging will come to a stop, but thus far the company hasn’t even come close to smelling a profit and rarely makes Musk’s overly ambitious timelines. At this point, some analysts are saying that Tesla will need at least $2 billion in fresh capital by the middle of 2018, which may or not be a problem. We all know that Elon Musk can sucker talk money out of investors better than anyone, but how long can the company continue to operate without profit and to the tune of $480,000 an hour?

For now, you can assume that folks will surely bite onto those 1,000 examples of the Founders Edition Roadster – each of which require a $250,000 down payment up front. That can bring in $250 million, but that’s a very small piece of the cheddar that the company will need to continue operating through the end of next year. The Model 3 has been bottlenecked for a while now and is falling behind schedule. Meanwhile, Musk is boasting his Semi and Roadster, both of which appear to be far from production ready and completely impossible to build considering the problems with the Model 3.


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“Can anyone really justify shelling out $250,000 for a Founders Edition Roadster when there’s no possibility of it being delivered before the end of the decade?”

At some point, one has to wonder when people will quit believing in the word of Musk, and stop handing over money like it grows on trees. Can anyone really justify shelling out $250,000 for a Founders Edition Roadster when there’s no possibility of it being delivered before the end of the decade? And, let’s not talk about the Semi which will start being delivered by 2019 at best. Musk can’t even get the Model 3 production rolling right, and he wants to throw two more models into the mix? Yeah, Right! Sure, the man is ambitious, and it’s not a bad thing, but when a company fails to hit is predetermined goals time and time again, and hemorrhages money non-stop, can you really continue to put faith into it?

Nearly $500,000 per hour the company is spending, doesn’t make a profit and isn’t delivering on time. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a very raunchy turd in the punchbowl to me. What do you think? Is Musk all smoke and mirrors at this point, or will Tesla be able to pull it together in the next few years, deliver on its word, and turn a profit? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Announces Pricing for the Semi; Raises Deposit to $20,000

500-mile range towing 80,000 pounds

Tesla has announced pricing for its new Semi truck and has increased the amount of the initial down payment as well. The down payment for a new truck is now $20,000, $15,000 more than Musk previously promised. And, that’s just for the base model, which has an “expected” price of $150,000 with 300 miles range per charge. Move up to the 500-mile-range model, and you’ll have to pony up an “expected” price of $180,000 with down payment of at least $20,000 if not more. Finally, the Founders Edition Semi will have an “estimated” price of $200,000 and requires a $200,000 deposit up front at the time of reservation. These prices are current as of November 22, 2017, but are for the U.S. market and will likely vary depending on the international market.

Along with the release of this information, Tesla as released some additional information about the Semi. Keep reading to find out more.

Tesla Semi Specifications


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“According to Tesla, the new battery-powered Semi can manage to hit 60 mph in as little as 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000-pound load”

According to Tesla, the new battery-powered Semi can manage to hit 60 mph in as little as 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000-pound load behind it and can manage to chug up a five-percent grade at 65 mph. The Powertrain consists of four electric motors, two on each rear axle while energy consumption is less than 2 kWh per mile. That figure, according to Tesla, means the Semi will have a range of 300 miles in base form or 500 miles if you go with the upgraded model. The Founder’s Series model should carry the same range and energy consumption but should feature a couple of extras over the base model. Tesla claims a fuel savings of $200,000+, but that doesn’t account for the fact that there will be waiting in-between charges – charging time that has yet to be announced, by the way.

This sounds good and all, for a local or regional truck, anyway. For something that you’re planning to drive on the national level, however, it seems as if the Tesla Semi will be inadequate unless it can suck up a full charge in a matter of 30 minutes. Tesla could offer up a solution with a trailer that houses extra batteries, but with the Semi not likely to hit production until 2019, at the earliest, I wouldn’t expect to see that before 2023.

References

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PostHeaderIcon WalMart’s Pre-Order Of 15 Tesla Semi Trucks Is A Sign Of Faith

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Tesla’s quest to become a player in the commercial truck segment is off to a good start. It’s barely been a week since the electric automaker’s new semi trucks were unveiled and the company already has a pre-order of 15 units from Walmart. The world’s biggest retailer is no stranger to commercial trucks with around 6,000 units at its disposal. The new Tesla trucks, though, could be a game-changer for a company as big as Walmart that relies heavily on long-haul deliveries of all of its merchandise. Of the 15 pre-ordered trucks, five will be used for the company’s business in the U.S. while the other ten will be used up in Canada.

Vindication for Tesla?


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“As for the battery, it’s said that it has enough charge to drive up to 500 miles at the legal load limit of 80,000 pounds.”

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Elon Musk announced Tesla’s plan to develop electric semi trucks. That’s nothing new for the electric automaker, but still, the thought of the company developing semi-trucks running on electric power wasn’t easy to digest. Tesla’s come a long way since then, and Walmart’s interest in testing out the new product and technology is a big boost of confidence for the carmaker.

The early returns on the truck’s capabilities are also promising. The company hasn’t announced the full details regarding the size and output of the trucks’ battery pack, but it did say that the electric motors the trucks will be using are derived from the ones that are used on Model 3. As for the battery, it’s said that it has enough charge to drive up to 500 miles at the legal load limit of 80,000 pounds. On the performance front, the trucks are capable of hitting 60 mph in just five seconds without a trailer and close to 20 seconds when it’s loaded up to its weight capacity. The latter is a remarkable number compared to conventional semi trucks, which takes close to 60 seconds to hit 60 mph with 80,000 pounds in tow. Outside of its battery and electric motors, the semis also use regenerative braking that’s capable of recovering 98 percent of kinetic energy, which it then turns to electric energy that can be used to recharge the battery.

Tesla Semi Trucks Fast Facts


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  • Sleek Design For Improved Visibility And Aerodynamics
  • Drag Coefficient Of 0.36
  • High And Low Roof Versions
  • 360-Degree Camera System
  • Hooks To Any Conventional 18-Wheeler Trailer
  • Center-Mounted Driver’s Seat
  • Touchscreen Display And Control All Vehicle Systems
  • Sleeper Cab Includes Living Accommodations
  • Autopilot And Active Safety Systems
  • Low-Mounted Battery
  • 500-Mile Range Towing 80,000 Pounds
  • Consumes Less Than 2.0 Kw Per Mile Driving Fully Loaded
  • Regenerative Braking
  • Megacharger Adds 400 Miles Of Charge In 30 Minutes
  • 0 To 60 Mph In 5.0 Seconds When Unloaded
  • 0 To 60 Mph In 20 Seconds When Fully Loaded

Good for Walmart too


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“Each truck travels around the Equator by an average of 12 times per year.”

Walmart says on its website that its truck drivers travel an average distance of about 700 million miles per year. That’s a staggering number in it of itself. Break that down using a little mathematics and you’re looking at Walmart truck drivers driving the equivalent of going around Earth’s equator 88,412 times! Now divide that by the number of semi trucks Walmart has in its fleet, and the answer means that each truck travels around the Equator by an average of 12 times per year. That equates to each truck traveling around 116,670 miles per year.

Those figures become more staggering when you consider the amount of fuel these trucks consume on their yearly travels. Now imagine the kind of impact an electric semi truck can have in this business. Companies like Walmart will not have to worry about spending millions of dollars on fuel and maintenance of its fleet of trucks. Money aside, zero-emissions semi trucks also help assuage industrial concerns and their perceived effect on the environment.

On the other hand, Tesla’s new electric semi trucks still have a lot of questions to answer itself, including per-mile costs, maintenance issues, and EV charging infrastructure. These semi trucks, after all, require a completely different level of maintenance compared to Tesla’s commercial car lineup. A company like Walmart needs to ensure itself that the products it will use for delivery are up-to-its standards. That’s a big reason why it has preordered 15 of these new semi trucks to test out and see if they can perform up to their potential.

“We have a long history of testing new technology – including alternative-fuel trucks – and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” the company said in a statement. “We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”

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500-mile range towing 80,000 pounds

After years of rumors and speculation that Tesla might build a pickup truck or a Semi, the electric car manufacturer finally unveiled the latter in a press conference that also revealed the second-generation Roadster. And just as it happened in the past with the Model S, Model X, and Model 3, Elon Musk made some spectacular claims about the performances of both vehicles. Actually, I’d dare say he went farther than usual by calling the next Roadster the “quickest production car ever made. Period.” He also described the semi truck as a vehicle that “accelerates like nothing else.” Granted, both claims can become reality, but maybe Musk is talking a bit too much a bit too soon. And it seems to me that he’s considering the semi a sports car rather than truck that’s supposed to haul stuff the efficient way.

Sure, the fact that this truck won’t use expensive diesel to move about enables Tesla to think about other factors, including performance, but I still don’t get why a truck must accelerate like “nothing else.” Should it be about a truck that brakes like nothing else or an electric hauler that allows you to cover at least the same distance as a diesel truck on a tank of fuel? Musk also seems to be concerned about that fact that truckers must wait for 15 minutes while the tank gets filled at the gas station. Seriously now, have you heard of a trucker who fell asleep at the pump while his tank was gulping diesel? Trucks are high maintenance; I’m pretty sure a semi driver has plenty of chores to do at the gas stations.

More importantly, Musk ignored a few important facts about trucks in his speech.

Continue reading to find out what.

Trucks Need to Break


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“A vehicle that catches speed pretty fast needs to be able to come to a stop too, right?”

Musk brags that the semi-truck will be able to hit 60 mph in five seconds. That’s quicker than a lot of sports cars out there and definitely impressive. But what about braking? A vehicle that catches speed pretty fast needs to be able to come to a stop too, right? Trucks aren’t exactly impressive when it comes to braking, mostly because they’re quite heavy. A loaded trailer, which can weight up to 80,000 pounds, needs around 600 feet to stop from 60 mph. That’s an issue when another driver suddenly decided to change lanes or stop in front of you. So why is Must focusing on acceleration instead of ways to not turn cars in front of you into scrap metal? Marketing? Sure, I get that, but again, we’re talking trucks, not sports cars. It’s about shipping the goods in one piece, not just fast. There are airplanes for that.

What’s more, while a 400-mile range is darn impressive for an electric car, it won’t get you very far in a truck. All told, at least at first, Tesla’s semi will make a name for itself in short distance, stop-and-go traffic hauling. Think of carrying containers inside ports or to local distribution centers. These jobs do not require tremendous speed or insane acceleration. They require good maneuvrability, good visibility, and a battery that doesn’t overheat.

What’s with the Sports Car Cockpit?


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“Why is this truck fitted with a center-mounted driver seat?”

Speaking of visibility, why is this truck fitted with a center-mounted driver seat? How is this practical? It certainly doesn’t improve visibility since a normally positioned seat is already a few feet above traffic. I’ve never driven a truck, but I’m pretty sure this positioning of the driver’s seat makes it difficult to look around the trucks in front. It’s like overtaking without knowing what is in the lane you want to use for a pass. I know technology evolves at a rapid pace and drivers need to adapt, but some things are better left unchanged, and the seating position in a semi truck is one of them. No side mirrors is another thing I could put on the “this doesn’t look right” list, but I guess the screens could do the job. It really depends on where the cameras are placed around the truck, though. The big problem here is that many drivers would rather lean out of the truck to watch the trailer as they back up, so it will be interesting to see Tesla’s solution to such complaints. The trucks we saw in the presentation simply can’t go into production like that.

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