Tesla’s new semi-truck has taken the transportation industry by storm. Marking its first foray into commercial trucking, Tesla’s heavy-duty vehicle is a striking divergence from the norm. This 100% electric, aerodynamic semi-truck stands out from other standard Class 8 Trucks. Tesla’s aptly named Semi boasts speed, range, and a rapid recharge time—all features that are catching the eyes of big name companies like Walmart, Pepsi, FedEx, UPS, Anheuser-Busch, and more. The following are several facts about Tesla’s Semi.
- How fast is Tesla’s Semi? Without any cargo, the Semi can go from 0 to 60 in five seconds. When fully loaded with 80,000 pounds worth of freight, it can achieve this feat in 20 seconds. This is even more impressive considering a standard semi-truck requires 15 seconds and 60 seconds to achieve the same speeds unloaded and loaded. It can also ascend a 5% grade with a full load at 65 mile per hour—a standard commercial truck maxes out at 45 miles per hour.
- How far can it travel before it needs to recharge? With a full load, the Semi can travel 500 miles before it will need to recharge. After a 30-minute recharge, it can travel an additional 400 miles.
- What type of transportation is the Semi suited to? With a 500-mile range, the most likely uses of the Semi will be short and medium-hauls. For example, it is ideal for transporting cargo from ports to distribution facilities.
- What are the Semi’s safety features? The Semi will come equipped with Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot, which includes self-driving features such as steering around corners, staying within the lane, adjusting cruise control speed based on traffic patterns, changing lanes, and more. What’s more, the Semi will be able to platoon with other trucks.
- How much does a Semi cost? On a day-to-day basis, the Semi costs $1.26 per mile compared to $1.51 per mile for a standard semi-truck. It also costs less to maintain because there are fewer moving parts. As for overall costs, Tesla will charge $150-$180,000 depending on the version.
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