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After Delays, Tesla Announces their New Electric Semi-Truck

Posted 5 Dec '22

The Tesla Semi-Truck Electric Vehicle is here!

Tesla has once again dropped a bomb in the vehicle industry with a feature-rich, all electric Tesla Semi-Truck.

After many delays, the Semi-truck has finally been officially announced after 5 years of waiting since the initial reveal in 2017, with delays from Covid and the global part shortage. The semi-truck is to have promised some impressive specifications, along with an all-new futuristic look, fitting nicely into Tesla’s Vehicle aesthetics.

The Tesla Semi-Truck Capabilities

The semi-truck is to have promised some impressive specifications, along with an all-new futuristic look, fitting nicely into Tesla’s Vehicle aesthetics.

Tesla has revealed that the Semi can achieve up to 800 km on a single charge (480-800 km, depending on configuration, consumes less than 2kW of Energy per 1.6 km (1 mile), and consists of 3 independent motors. The truck is said to reach up to approximately $200k worth of savings over 3 years.

'Three independent motors provide instant torque and unmatched power at any speed, so drivers can merge safely and keep pace with traffic. Accelerate from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds, fully loaded, and maintain highway-level speeds even up steep grades.' - Tesla's website.

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"It's really like driving a normal car, not like driving a truck. It's just that you're moving 82,000 pounds [37 tonnes]," said Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.
The most recent test – a 800km loop, with one single charge, completed with over 36 tonnes of weight, which to put into perspective, the Australian road transport regulation allow for a maximum road weight limit of 42.5 tonne.

This would be highly reliant on the regenerative braking functionality from the truck, especially with heavy loads, and travelling at an incline, converting the large amount of force into energy.


What does the Tesla Semi-Truck mean for the Truck industry?

Along with the release, there have been several conversations around the logistics of actually being able to recharge with charger availability, the comparison to diesel vehicles, and travel distance with many conflicting opinions and outlooks.

Tesla is positioning themselves at the centre of Electric Vehicle truck industry, even with the delays and struggles with the production, the semi is being embraced, and even ordered by PepsiCo with the first batch of Semi’s going to them.

"If you’re a trucker and you want the most badass rig on the road, this is it." Musk said.

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Tesla is known for their innovative efforts in pushing the EV industry forward, and this could be considered another weapon in their arsenal, completing their line-up from standard EVs, to Ute's, and now Semi’s. Some consider this to be a controversial move, whilst others applaud the aspirations of the company, continuing the innovate EV technology in retrospect to their mission statement.

“So what’s our actual mission? Our actual mission is to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy, so that’s why we’re making this wide range of cars that don’t really make sense from a brand standpoint.” Musk Said.

'Combination trucks account for about 18 percent of U.S. vehicle emissions—Semi will help change that. With less than 2 kWh per mile of energy consumption, Semi can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Recover up to 70 percent of range in 30 minutes using Tesla’s Semi Chargers.' - Mentioned on Tesla's Website.

As every new change, there will always be hesitancy and speculation, but this is where the world is going - all electric. Range anxiety will continue to be an issue until the proper development of comfortable EV charging infrastructure, but the demand is there, and many chargers are being installed daily.

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