Tesla Semi (2020) Badass Performance Electric Truck



Without a trailer, the 2020 Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in 5 seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade. The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic.

The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it an exceptionally low center of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording.

Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi.

All-in, the Tesla Semi delivers massive savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability.
The biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs: fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed, accommodating a wide range of shipping applications given that nearly 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the U.S. and can be significantly less for commercial and industrial users, falling to almost nothing when combined with local solar generation and storage – owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone.

Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck. Production in 2019.

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42 Replies to “Tesla Semi (2020) Badass Performance Electric Truck”

  1. spam lite

    Trash may work for daycab city operations. Never going to work in over the road. And most every one comments are non truck drivers. Hydrogen fuel cell class8 trucks are showing some promise for over the road operations.

  2. Kenny Dave

    This only save the company's money ..like what in the world u ganna do with all that money buy a planet?? You ganna die soon any ways there's no way u ganna spend billions on yourself let us drive. Rich people only think about get richer whlie the poor get poorer….

  3. KYoss68

    Amazing… 30 years ago I read a book called Starrigger and the fictional truck on the cover of that book(which takes place ~90 years from now) looked uncannily like this truck, with some notable scale differences….. I'm waiting for Koenigsegg to do for Semi tractors what they've done for supercars; push the technology and embarrass the big names at their own game.

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