Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk unveiled the futuristic all-electric semi-truck on Thrusday at an event in Hawthorne, California.After revolutionising electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in â€œgreenâ€ transportation with the all-electric semi-truck.
â€œWe designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,â€ said Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk. Its sleek, aerodynamic profile, in somber matte or metallic colours, will make it a standout on the road. But the company is touting performance that it says will make the Tesla Semi quicker and more economical than todayâ€™s diesel-powered trucks.
It has four independent electric motors, one for each of its wheels, a transmission that requires no shifting of gears, and a regenerative braking system that â€œgives it basically infinite brake life,â€ Musk said.
Tesla Semi pic.twitter.com/7VLz7F46Jiâ€” Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2017
The company says the truck can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, and reach that speed in 20 seconds hauling a maximum 80,000 pound load, must faster than a traditional diesel truck.
It has a 500-mile range, long enough for most truck routes, 80 per cent of which, according to Musk, are 250 miles or less.â€œSo it means you can go to your destination and back without recharging,â€ he said.
Another innovation is the cabâ€™s design: the driverâ€™s seat is positioned in the centre instead of to the side.With no front engine or gear shift, the driver can be placed closer to the panoramic windshield, for a dominating view of the road.
The inside has enough head and legroom to stand up and walk around in. â€œThe Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport,â€ Musk said.
He claimed that operating a diesel truck will cost 20 per cent more than the Tesla Semi.â€œOverall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time,â€ he said.Â Â
With PTI inputs