Tesla Semi – New Details



The Tesla Semi made a surprise appearance at one of our Supercharger stops! It was on its way across country when it stopped for a charge at the Brush Colorado Supercharger. Here are some of the key details the engineers told me:

This version is a “Day Cab” with a 300 mile range and it takes 30 min to recharge when it has adequate power. Currently it is using the Supercharger Network, but will utilize its own MegaCharger Network when it hits production. Tesla will be its own first customer and the initial truck sales will be to itself to relieve the financial burden in transporting materials from the Gigafactory.

This one-off Alpha prototype is made of carbon fiber. It has approximately 26 cameras around it for Autopilot, which will be a lower number once the truck design is final. This one has extra cameras so they can experiment with camera placement for optimal use in its driver assistance suite.

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24 Replies to “Tesla Semi – New Details”

  1. Ninja Man

    my only concern about the truck is its weight. 80k lbs is the maximum allowable weight on roads for commercial use, that's the truck AND its payload. Now i know not every truck out there is pulling a max load but companies will always push their assets to the limit and if losing out on let's say 10k lbs+ of goods per truck in a fleet is worth it then idk. Gotta remember the whole point of this truck is to move cargo and batteries (today at least) are still pretty heavy

  2. Hunter Newberry

    in the offchance the semi or any tesla car was to run out of electrons on the road is there any way to do the gasoline equivalent of bringing them a can of gas? or does it need to be towed to a charger?

  3. Natorisama

    Sadly, Tesla have ways more potential in EU, than in US. Big price cuts on any EV, governmental programs for environment and clean energy, more resource-efficient production.

  4. peribellum

    This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Drivers being assigned to shorter runs of 4-5hrs one-way is nothing new. UPS has been doing it for decades. It’s called the feeder network. A feeder driver based in location A will be assigned a run that is about 5hrs one-way to location B. He takes his meal after he drops off his load at location B, and then he connects his new loads, which he will haul back to location A. Not a difficult concept and nothing new.

  5. Homer McMillan

    So what happens to all the truck stops, all those employees that won't be needed. Along with truck repair shops. How about snow build up all over that tractor and around the electric motors?

  6. EpiDemic117

    One of the Main issues with Electric semis to though, Will be how they will be taxed per mile. My guess is to mandate that all tesla or commercial charging stations have a tax imposed similar to the Gasoline/diesel tax. Because if these ever do make out there in fleets and droves they will put almost the same amount of wear and tear on road infrastructure. Another way is to just track milage and the type of hauling they are doing and add those as some type of bill for the next registration period.

  7. EpiDemic117

    Depending on the cost is for the unit. It might be a winnner for shorthaul or LTL trucking. But this thing definitely won't work for long haul. The advantage of electric motors is that they are better for stop and go and regen as well as other advantages such as creeping and crawling with slow traffic. There will however be design shortcomings with this as there always is with every new vehicle platform.

  8. hbarudi

    The truck is good for the short distance (up to about 250 miles) trips. But there is for the long distance travels, the trains that are a logistical nightmare and there is the nikola truck that might be able to use the mega chargers to electrolyse water for its hydrogen fuel cells.

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