Tesla Semi Truck Gets Its First Real Delivery Job

Tesla Semi Truck is just about to make its way on its very first real delivery job route. Also, lots of exciting things going on at the Geneva Auto Show this week including some major unveilings from Rimac, Jaguar, Audi and Porsche. Will they all be good alternatives to Tesla? Let’s talk about it, Plus your comments and questions in the live chat! See you soon!

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36 Replies to “Tesla Semi Truck Gets Its First Real Delivery Job”

  1. Paul Moss

    The route to and from the Gigafactory and Tesla in Fremont is 259 or 269 depending on route taken. This takes you over I-80 Donner Pass. Any major mountaiin pass is tough on a truck and Donner is certainly no exception. It is NOT downhill all the way like this guy says. It is a round trip.

  2. Nathan Warnick

    <– Metro Detroit… We see prototypes all the time on the road 😛 I actually saw the new roadster in camo when they announced it. Was surprised it was in Michigan but hey we do some of the electronics in it, not all of it is built in house.

  3. wmlarch

    so with a fully loaded semi starting off in Reno it will need some charge to get over the mountains, but then it should be able to regen lots of range as it's mostly down hill into Folsom! Then if they go back unloaded to Gigifactory, it would interesting to see how much electricity it will need.

  4. Gouk Wapanzy

    What do you mean mainly downhill? If you travel in one direction and it is downhill then when you go back the other direction you have to go uphill. For efficiency I expect that Tesla will be loading up the trailer in both directions – battery packs from Gigafactory 1 to Freemont Factory and powertrain and battery components and raw materials from California to the Gigafactory 1.

  5. Avery Davis

    Hello Tesla is my first love unfortunately,. out of my price range and my wife needed a car now. we purchase a 20 18 leaf trust me I love this car . whenTesla roll out the $35,000 price tag at the end of the day it's still going to be $45,000 out of my price range . hopefully the Tesla committee is not mad at me for purchasing a leaf I'm not rich I'm just good looking

  6. Green New Deal

    $69,500 is a great price for the iPace. I don't get how it can have a 90kwh battery and only 240 miles of range. Is it because of the high drag coefficient(compared to Teslas)? I think the Model 3 has 75kwh and 310+ miles of range. Makes me think that Jaguar could have put a smaller battery in a better engineered car for a cheaper car with more range.

  7. Ridger Wolf

    You know, if Tesla adds generators to the rear axles of the trailers to collect the energy from Re-gen breaking. It would help slow down the truck while reducing the load on the brake pads and recapture even MORE energy. Its the New Jake Brakes.

  8. Green New Deal

    Physical buttons permit you to work off of muscle memory and not take your eyes off the road. Plus the sun frequently hits my LCD display just right so that I can't see anything. The iPhone/button argument doesn't apply here. Walk into any office and tell me if the workers have abandoned mouses and keyboards for iPads. Virtual keyboards are great for portability, not efficiency/productivity.

  9. redxsage

    Yes. Every long range electric vehicle on the market is another step toward victory. Tesla cannot do it all by themselves. It would be nice if thos traditional automobile manufacturers that currently sell on the order of 10,000,000 units of ICE vehicles annually (Volkswagen, Toyota, General Motors, Ford) would commit to at least 1% of that output being long range fully electric within the next few months. Tesla does 100% fully electric and surpassed 100,000 units sold in 2017, with no one else coming close.

  10. Basile Collard

    I like the jaguar I-Pace and I love the fact that automakers are going electric seriously, or do they?
    The all point of the EV revolution is to change ICE cars to EV car. Automakers are currently showing cars that will compete in the segment that Tesla basically owns, just look to what car Jaguar decided to compare the I-Pace with. If it is to replace EVs by EVs, is it that good?
    This message is just to add a debate, but I am still very glad automakers are going electric because if every high end and sports cars are electric, consumer demand for cheap EVs will be great and automakers will have no choice.

  11. Macko

    German automakers:
    " Here is a drawing of a concept due in 2022 and in production in about 2025.
    Ahh . .. and we don't have a charging network. But Tesla is garbage. "

  12. IMHO

    Several automakers got together and agreed on a CCS 350 kw standard, and chargers are getting installed by several groups. EVGO already has one in California, currently limited to 150 kw (since no car can charge faster), but already wired for up to 350 kw once there are cars that can use it.

    Porsche is installing the infrared at their dealerships in the US, and there is a website showing a contractor will do the electrical work for a Porsche dealer in Atlanta Georgia for $98,000. I don’t know how far off the main highway these dealerships are, but it’s a good idea to have these chargers on private property where you can control who parks there, so the spot doesn’t get blocked by a ICE or slow charging car.

    Most likely if Tesla makes the Roadster, they will also upgrade some superchargers to be able to charge at 350+ kw, so they can claim the ability to add 300 miles range in 15 minutes.

    VW will also spend $2Billion on charging inflation as part of their diesel-gate settlement. How much did Tesla spend on their Supercharger network? Only a few million?

  13. IMHO

    Bosch is smart not to get tangled up in batteries, and they don’t need to make batteries anymore than Michelin needs to manufacture wheels. It’s better to stick to what you know and make sure it stays on top rather than trying to be the jack of all, master of none. Tesla also doesn’t make their own batteries, they just allow Panasonic to build them for Tesla in their gigafactory. This allows Tesla to stay fluid and not be dragged down by over-investing in obsolete technology if and when a significantly better battery comes out. As we can see, most EV makers are leaving batteries to the experts (LG Chem, Samsung SGI, Panasonic), because that’s their specialty. We get better advances in battery tech by having just a few battery giants with lots of R&D money, rather than a bunch of little guys making batteries in their basement. If the guys in their basement do have a breakthrough, they will sell it to a big battery company anyway who can actually do something with it.

  14. IMHO

    Unfortunately, nothing reveled by the Tesla semi tweet will undo any doubts the Germans (or any engineer) has about the unknown variables in the Tesla semi. As I already demonstrated in an earlier post, I can use Tesla Model S modules and build the 4 batteries that would fit in the Tesla semi and be approximated 250 kWh each. It’s not rocket science. Also the claims for acceleration are not in question, since you can make an EV as powerful as you want to make it. I could build this in my backyard, the Germans can too, but the problem is we can’t build it for $180,000 and we don’t believe Tesla can either. This is what the Germans are talking about, the unknown defendant variables that Tesla hasn’t made public, which can be plugged into any computer model to see the exact performance.

    This downhill run from the gigafactory to Fremont with an unknown gross weight isn’t going to prove anything about the claimed specs. One of the critical specs of the Tesla semi, is the empty weight of the truck, which directly determines how much useful payload it can carry, Tesla is not telling anyone how many batteries their diesel trucks can carry, compare to how many battery’s the 500 mile range Tesla can carry, nor are they providing anything showing the truck they use has 500 mile range and can charge to 80% in 30 minutes.

    Every truck manufacturer can make a truck with a 1 megawatt-hour battery. What they can’t do, and don’t believe Tesla can do, is make one that you can sell at a real profit (not just gross margin), and one that will have the same payload capacity as a diesel truck. Every other Electric truck coming out gives its empty weight, since that is a critical number for any calculations on if the truck will meet a customer’s needs. We don’t know what Tesla was using as their payload when they said the Tesla will cost less to operate from day one. That will be true if you are hauling empty water bottles, which can’t even get near 80,000 lbs in the biggest legal trailer. But when hauling something like batteries, which will reach gross weight before the trailer is full, if your semi weighs 5000 lbs more than a diesel, that’s 5000 lbs less batteries you can haul, which brings the shipment cost per battery up. These are all basic calculations, and Tesla knows nobody can do them without knowing the empty weight of the semi, yet Tesla is still keeping it a secret, just so people will speculate that they have a new battery technology.

    Tesla doesn’t need to show exactly how they do it, all they need to do is drive the empty truck over a DOT scale, then get the empty trailer and drive over the scale again, then load it up to max gross weight and drive over the scale again. Then have a unbiased 3rd party ride along on a 500 mile round trip.

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