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Tesla Released New-Gen All-Electric Semi Truck

The new Tesla Semi is built to deliver a far better experience for truck drivers and is more economical than today’s diesel-powered trucks.

Nov 30, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

After building most of its affordable car and ultimately accelerating the advent of clean transport and renewable energy generation with the all-electric cars, Tesla continues to expand its production line, this time a “green” transportation introducing the inventively, futuristic all-electric semi truck.

“We designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,” said Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk who unveiled the new vehicle at an event on-site the automaker’s design bureau and the headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, the aerospace company he also founded.

The Tesla Semi was created in mind to deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while “increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport,” Musk said. This makes the all-electric Tesla to be more fun and quicker to drive. Touting on performance, the company says Tesla Semi are “more economical than today’s diesel-powered trucks.”

The operating cost of a diesel truck is said to be 20 per cent more than the Tesla Semi, which makes the Semi “more responsive”, and compared to a diesel truck, it can “cover more miles in the same amount of time,” he said.

Unveiled: The futuristic all-electric Tesla Semi combines efficiency, safety & performance

Tesla latest creation of the all-electric Semi Truck is sleek with aerodynamic efficiency for a better down force and improved cornering forces. Its body work which resembles a high-speed bullet train will strike you the most on the road, with its somber matte or metallic colour.

Tesla semi has four independent electric motors on each of its four wheels and a transmission that requires no shifting of gears, and a regenerative braking system that “gives it basically infinite brake life,” Musk said.

The truck can nudge a speed up to 100 km per hour in five seconds and reach that speed in 20 seconds hauling a maximum 80,000-pound load. Which means Tesla Semi can perform better than the traditional diesel truck. For example, you can go to your destinations as far as 500-mile range, which is long enough for most truck routes, and return without recharging as 80 per cent of which, according to Musk, are 250 miles or less.

Innovative Cab’s Design

Instead of fitting the driver’s seat to the side, it is now positioned in the centre. With no front engine or gear shift, the driver can be placed closer to the panoramic windshield to get a dominating view of the road. There’s also enough head and legroom to stand up and move around.

 
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