Tesla revealed the much anticipated, brand-new electric semi-truck. The sleek, silver model still looks like a traditional semi, but also like a vehicle out of the future—and it even runs on sunlight.
The electric semi-truck boasts many new features that would allegedly improve many elements of the trucking industry—refining safety and productivity, as well as helping to protect the environment.
Tesla Electric Semi-Truck Features
There was no espresso machine, but the CEO did promise a laundry list of features that would ensure the overall cost of ownership will be 20% less per mile compared with diesel trucks. Among them:
- faster acceleration
- better uphill performance
- 500-mile (805km) range at maximum weight at highway speed
- thermonuclear explosion-proof glass in the windshield
Safety features include:
- enhanced autopilot
- lane-keeping technology
- automatic braking
- four independent motors
In addition, Tesla said each truck will have built-in connectivity that integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to allow routing and remote monitoring.
The Tesla Semi-truck does not have a large diesel-powered engine, the driver has been pushed farther forward and will ride in a more spacious cab than a traditional Class 8 semi-truck. The first editions of the Tesla Semi-truck do not include a sleeper compartment for truck drivers.
The captain’s chair has air suspension, giving it a bouncy feel. Sitting the chair you immediately become aware of how forward you’re sitting. Designers were able to push the seating area forward in this cab because there is
- no engine
- other traditional diesel truck bits to get in the way
The result is similar to what it feels like to drive a VW bus.
There are many sides to the story of Tesla’s Semi, but it can’t be denied that its introduction is an exciting point in the road toward an autonomous environment. Here at Cannonball Express Transportation, we’re excited to witness the advent of autonomous technology in the supply chain, and look forward to seeing how it will influence the logistics network for years to come.