In Depth: Tesla Semi Truck – Deep Dive

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44 Replies to “In Depth: Tesla Semi Truck – Deep Dive”

  1. cresbydotcom

    luddites: were English. Saboteurs: were French – they threw clogs (sabot) into machinery hence the word. Same results.
    And don't these trucks also have batteries in the trailer? Charging at the depot is then in the hands of the operators. Charge while loading – tractor uses multiple trailers. The concept will come, if more slowly than the hype came. In the UK we used to have doorstep deliveries by electric vehicles, called milk floats. The Semi (we call them artics) is a flagship project, a smaller vehicle would be more attractive in cities where most people live and need deliveries. But maybe Musk has spotted the old chestnut "economies of scale".

  2. Stephen Ferris

    Maybe they are not taking into the number of issues that seem to plague tesla vehicles, charge time vs fueling time (30 min vs 5 min). I would love to see a real hauling diesel and tesla semi from CA to NY and see how long it takes both trucks to deliver

  3. m paul

    It will be interesting to see how this all pans out, especially how the infrastructure is developed to service all these vehicles. I would also like to know what effect the impressive acceleration has on the range. As for autonomous vehicles, I expect real problems will arise after the first fatal accident issue is decided in court.

  4. Goat From Hell

    I think the Tesla Semi truck is a way better product for the industry than any of their car. I hope the transport companies will be able to save money to be able to pay better wages?

  5. Josh Krause

    There are other factors such as stopping distance inclement weather etc. having a truck with that much power is retarded not only will you shift the freight and damage it but you may not be able to stop or get traction.

  6. Pieter Steenkamp

    The luddites weren't actually against technology but against how the owners of the factories explored technology and implemented to undermine their wages and working standards. The problem with technology isn't progress but the economic system that creates factory owners that can instead of allowing workers to work less for the same pay fire some workers and make the rest work as hard or even longer now that their jobs are no longer secure.

  7. Brainbuster

    10:37 The reason "why they are governed" is for fuel efficiency.
    Obama (I think) mandated that semi trucks can't exceed 65 mph because it eats up more fuel per mile that way. It was part of the effort to reduce emissions.
    (correct me if I'm wrong, someone)

  8. FredlocksAsher2012

    I think you guys forgot to mention that there is a lobby group of truckers working to make the same industry standard as Pilots and the airline industry share. commercial air Planes have been fully automated for years but because of legislation they all have pilots, so PLEASE U GUYS ARE COMPLETELY WRONG with this in regards to automation. Auto pilots for truck is a great idea i think of it as and advance cruse control but at the same time it should always have a human driver to monitor things. i think we should legislate that as a law across north america. lemme know what u think

  9. robert beilin

    Truckers will still have employment, there is NO way that a delivery will be made on the honor system. As an example, the Fed Ex truck pulls up to its first stop and the back doors open and the people just take what they ordered and leave the rest, sure they will. LOL The driver is still needed to ensure delivery, connect the vehicle for charging, and ensure safety. How about a refrigeration unit for grocery stores. That truck has sections in the back kept at different temperatures, the store will have products in some or all the different temp area. The driver has to know how to pack it all and where it is for delivery. Most drivers deliver to many different locations, the same items or like items. But the first time the general public figured out that the trucks have no one on them, they will be opened and robbed. No business would put up with that.

  10. Matt Helfer

    i don't think the range is all achieved with batteries alone. i believe these semi's will have some pretty amazing ultra capacitors (the exact thing Elon got his physics degree in). the braking re gen would destroy the batteries at the level of re gen that would slow down the truck at load. those capacitors would then trickle the power back into the batteries or release it back to the motors for peak power output without battery drain.
    the Semi at load is 16 heavier then their cars so you would need 16 times more re gen that's a whopping 960KWH to equal the same re gen as the S or X but since the brakes will last the life of the vehicle i'm guessing re gen will be even higher then that.

  11. Richie Rich

    I would like a semi truck to whole produce throughout Puerto Rico! But Tesla doesn't ship cars least of all trucks but I'm still a Tesla fan. Keep going Elon Musk you're doing great!! ?✔

  12. CathayanMagus

    I would love to see a tiny house total renewable platform on the trailer of the Tesla semi where when fully deployed, can recharge the semi for a true off grid carbon free self sufficient lifestyle.

    If money wasn't an issue and you wanted to push the technological boundaries, you could have a water condensator where it draws in moisture from the air and creates drinking water out of thin air as it were for more self sustainability all powered by the sun. All you would have to worry about would be food then.

  13. David Walley

    I think the technology is fairly secure on the future of EV extending to trucks. However, we forget the power of the insurance companies. Are they going to allow driverless trucks? I doubt it. I think drivers will still be needed to accede to insurance regulations, but the big difference would be the salary of the "new " truck driver, which could end up as minimum wage. Do you think autonomous vehicles would negate the need for a valid driver's licence? I doubt that very much. All these third parties are still going to want their piece of the financial pie. I would be interested to hear from someone in the insurance industry.

  14. Luis Lopes

    Between M3 and Tesla Trucks, EV should be able to overpass ICE`s forever.

    This Tesla Truck is probably the most profitable customer proposition of the company. It`s way cheaper to run, takes almost as long to charge, it`s fasters and has similer range than ICEs. And did i mention it`s safer, and easier to drive, and more driver friendly?

    Gosh, It almost makes me want to buy my own truck. And i never said this for any other truck out there 😛

  15. Sterling Michaels

    By the way I really like the timestamps not to jump to that section but to see how much content you put together and look forward to it. Thanks guys just became at patreon supporter and I really love your show. If someone who is in the all electric Building Systems business and developer, I'm really excited and I'm working right now to purchase an old diesel truck relay station with service for diesels and convert it to one of the largest mega charger Super stations in the world right here in California.

  16. Zoeggy g

    How about the truckers buy the trucks themselves and lease them to companies to use? So while their autonomous truck takes freight all over the country they can sit at home with a laptop and keep track of how it's doing. It seems it's going to shift from never at home to always at home which isn't a bad thing. One person can manage a fleet so having multiple trucks should be fairly easy to manage if they want to up their income level.

    Still, a long way to go at this point and I would imagine even after trucks go completely autonomous the government will require trucking companies to have truckers aboard for emergencies. I'd say the timeline is five years before complete autonomy then another 15 before the government makes up its mind so 20 years and truckers will have to worry about it. Another point is how difficult it will be for companies to get approval for completely autonomous.

    In a factory someone can just quit if they don't feel safe around robotics or autonomy however on public roads it's going to be up to the public to decide if they feel safe and while I would feel safe if it continues to improve (realistically like everything it will), not many outside of this community know of it's capabilities (or that it's happening at all) and will be very skeptical about its viability and safety.

    All in all don't get out the doomsday clock for trucking jobs just yet. Although it will happen we don't know when and I doubt on a national level it will be anytime soon. Let's take marijuana for example. While states are starting to legalize it the federal government has shrugged it off as not their business and don't seem to keen on jumping in anytime soon to introduce legislation one way or the other on the subject. Don't forget it was legal for one state if memory serves in California over 20 years ago 1996ish I think.

    Some may argue once companies as big as GM start to "convince" aka bribe or "incentivize" legislators this will move much quicker, however, I doubt millions in "lobbying" will really light the fire in any meaningful way plenty of time to prepare. All it would take would be 3 or 4 accidents that result in death because of autonomous vehicles to push it back another 10-20 years on top of my predicted 20 years so don't get too excited. I doubt many companies will be uber anxious to get the drivers out of the seat because then they will be held responsible for EVERY accident involving an autonomous vehicle and they will be the ones paying millions if not billions to those affected by something so horrible. Also, your trucking youtuber stated something similar as some people will see it's autonomous trucks and actively try to get it to hit them.

    I'm excited about this and I'm ready for this but the realistic timeline for full autonomy is plenty far away for anyone who will retire from trucking in the next 20 years and I'd imagine it will be a very slow phase out starting with only a handful at first and then 40 years or so down the line it materializes into a full unmanned fleet. It takes the world time to adjust and with a massive hit to the economy (job losses which result in less demand for shipping) people will be struggling to find income which slows progress. No one invests in advancements if they don't have any money. The good news is jobs will most likely shift into the space sector o/ and they can become Spuckers…. Space Truckers.

    My dream… Look up at the moon and see the twinkling lights of a colony sparkling back at me… By the time that happens, I'll be too old to go into space.

  17. Simon Henry

    Should specs be true. Tesla will clean up in the UK.
    1)At $8 a gallon vs 15c a kWh. You could still make a 2% profit EVEN if you replace the diesel truck (by giving it away)you bought last week.
    2)From Liverpool, 62million people are in a 250miles radius….UK has a 62million population.*
    3)trucks are more expensive in the uk due to a cost off right hand.

  18. Anthony King

    Look. I love you guys in a platonic way. As well as I love Elon but your assumption that…… f $#% it let me rather give you an example. Truck driver takes load from a to b the load is worth $200000 or more the owner of load or truck owner wants a real person there in the event of a problem. Truck drivers jobs are safe for about 15 yrs or longer…….. here's examples stage coach, post office and here we call "cash in transit" loved the show thanks. Like any industry that changes those that are good at their jobs survive the others work at burger king. Me if that truck is as good as I think…… I should start applying to burger king now.q

  19. Jim Whitehead

    Nobody living now should fear losing their trucking job if they are willing to drive a far safer, cleaner EV truck. Since big trucks pull big dangerous loads, like planes, they will be one of the last to get approval for full autonomy. What seems most efficient is a convoy of 3 trucks, with 2 tag-team drivers in the front truck, who take turns sleeping and driving. They could legally keep the convoy on the road for 16 hours in a day. This still allows lots of stop time for charging, meals and bathroom breaks.

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