Looks like Tesla is planning to shake up the world of automobiles yet again. The charismatic, billionaire and founder of Tesla and SpaceX recently unveiled Tesla’s futuristic electric semi-truck at Hawthorne, California. The Tesla Semi looks very sleek and futuristic.
On comparing with diesel trucks used at the present, it is faster, much more economical and environment-friendly. Reports state that the Tesla Semi will come 4 electric motors and an automatic transmission. Also, the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100 kmph) in 20 seconds while hauling a maximum 80,000 pound (36,000 kilograms) load.
Tesla Semi will be able to travel 500 miles (800 KM) on a single recharge. That means, to the destination and back on a single charge since most truck routes are about 250 miles.
To compete with traditional diesel trucks, Tesla may offer new charging solutions. Jonas and Shanker said, “Tesla will have to clearly address these issues at the event to be able to sell the idea of an electric semi-truck to a deeply skeptical industry”.
Additionally, Semi’s cabin is also designed aesthetically with panoramic windshield, large space, and legroom. If safety is your thing, it comes with navigation aids like cameras, and sensors designed to minimize blind spots, abrupt lane changes, and emergency stops.
CEO Elon Musk has claimed that production is going to start in 2019. Therefore the deliveries will begin by 2020 but the company has not revealed the cost of Tesla Semi yet.
Just after the unveiling, the news has come that Walmart has ordered 15 trucks while the Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of these heavy-duty all-electric transport trucks.
In the upcoming time, Tesla may face serious competition by Daimler, Volkswagen, Nikola, Einride which are also developing electric truck prototypes. Some of these are equipped with autonomous driving functions and futuristic designs.