• Tesla Debuts New Semi Truck

  • 0-60 in 5 Seconds …without a trailer 20 Seconds with a 80,000 lbs payload!
  • Sleek design for improved visibility and aerodynamics
  • 5% grade climb at 65 MPH Downhill regenerate 98% of energy back in battery pack read … Infinite brake life
  • Operating cost half of Diesel trucks
  • 500 Miles range with full payload at highway speed You are not going to see these stop often
  • Production scheduled for 2019 $5,000 deposit registry opens now
  • Single seat cabin ... who needs a driver anyways.
  • Low Rollover chances Thanks to low mounted battery pack
  • Enhanced autopilot features Automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning.
  • Autopilot and active safety systems
  • Tesla is promising up to 1 million miles before a breakdown
  • Low-mounted battery
  • Be prepared for different cab configurations
  • Thermonuclear Explosion proof glass just in case...
  • Thermonuclear blast-proof windshield
  • Track your truck everywhere no more third party tracking services needed
  • Driver seat in the middle for safety reasons

Hauling freight while hauling butt

Tesla just unveiled the next major undertaking in its ongoing mission to bring electric motivation to every corner of the transportation universe. This time around, the California-based automaker is targeting semi trucks, revealing its brand-new vehicle at a special event in Los Angeles. Tesla’s aim is to not only make the job of truck driving easier, but also make it less expensive to move cargo while also increasing safety.

Of course, Tesla’s various models are well known for their high-performance, and the new semi is no different. It’s got a total of four independent electric motors, and can go 0-to-60 mph in 5 seconds without a trailer. With a full 80,000-pound payload, the semi can hit 60 mph in just 20 seconds, while also climbing a 5-percent grade at 65 mph. Heading downhill, the onboard regenerative braking can covert 98 percent of the kinetic energy back into juice for the battery pack, yielding “infinite” brake life. Most importantly, Tesla says it’ll go 500 miles per charge with a full payload at highway speeds, which means this thing is ready to roll.

Almost, at least. Tesla is taking reservations now at $5,000 a pop, with production scheduled to kick off in 2019. Read on for more details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Tesla semi truck.

What’s It Like To Drive?

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Single seat cabin
... who needs a driver anyways.

In a word – easy.

For starters, there’s only one gear, which means no shifting to deal with. The cabin itself was designed around a central seating position for the driver, with dual touchscreen displays on either side of the seat for navigation info, blind spot monitors, and data logging. There’s also independent suspension to keep it comfortable. A bevy of connectivity features are included as well, all built-in seamlessly with the truck’s onboard systems.

How Safe Is It?

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500 Miles range with full payload at highway speed
You are not going to see these stop often

Very. Tesla promises a “massive increase in safety” with its semi, starting with a lower chance of rollover thanks to its low-mounted battery pack and low center of gravity. The windshield is so impact-resistant, Musk quipped it’s thermonuclear bomb proof. Jackknifing prevention is provided by the four independent motors, which can detect it and stop it before it happens thanks to individual torque and brake application.

There’s also an around-view camera system that will automatically alert the driver to hazards, plus enhanced autopilot features like automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning.

Is It Reliable?

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Low Rollover chances
Thanks to low mounted battery pack

Making sure its semi stays on the road was one of Tesla’s primary concerns, and the automaker is promising up to 1 million miles before a breakdown. Preventative maintenance is anticipated with the onboard app, and there should be relatively low upkeep thanks to a dearth of moving parts.

What About Cost?

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While a final price tag has yet to be revealed, the Tesla semi does promise a variety of savings over a traditional diesel semi. For example, Tesla says its semi will bring savings of $200,000 in just fuel costs over a 1-million mile period, possibly even beating the economics of train freight.

All images courtesy of Tesla.

The Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.
Unrivaled Performance

Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade. The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic.
Driver Experience

Unlike other trucks, the Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility. Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging. Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring. Diesel trucks today currently require several third party devices for similar functionality.

Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging solution, will add about 400 miles in 30 minutes and can be installed at origin or destination points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks.
Safety

The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it an exceptionally low center of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording.

Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi.
Reliability

With far fewer moving parts than a diesel truck – no engine, transmission, after-treatment system or differentials to upkeep – the Tesla Semi requires significantly less maintenance. Its battery is similar in composition to the batteries of Tesla energy products and is designed to support repeated charging cycles for over a million miles, while its motors are derived from the motors used in Model 3 and have been validated to last more than one million miles under the most demanding conditions.
Lowest Cost of Ownership

All-in, the Tesla Semi delivers massive savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability.

The biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs: fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed, accommodating a wide range of shipping applications given that nearly 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the U.S. and can be significantly less for commercial and industrial users, falling to almost nothing when combined with local solar generation and storage – owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone.

Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck. Production in 2019.

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