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

    2019 Tesla Semi
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Gets Tesla Autopilot and all autonomous features
  • Hooks to any conventional 18-wheeler trailer
  • Center-mounted driver’s seat
  • Sleeper cab includes living accommodations
  • Touchscreen display controls all vehicle systems
  • Consumes less than 2.0 kW per mile driving fully loaded
  • Low center of gravity reduces rollover risk
  • 500-mile range towing 80,000 pounds
  • Drag coefficient of 0.36
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds when unloaded
  • Low-mounted battery
  • Sleek design for improved visibility and aerodynamics
  • Thermonuclear blast-proof windshield
  • Autopilot and active safety systems

These specs add to the buzz surrounding these all-electric semis

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.

Word Has it the Tesla Semi Performance Specs are the Real McCoy
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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).”

Word Has it the Tesla Semi Performance Specs are the Real McCoy
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500-mile range towing 80,000 pounds
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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Source: Electrek

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