Tesla Semi Unveiled: 500+ mile range, Bugatti-beating aero, 2019 production

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    Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s highly anticipated semi-truck Thursday night on an airport hangar adjoining the company’s  Design Center in Hawthorne, CA. It’s the California-based electric car maker’s first foray into the commercial trucking industry.

    Before a packed crowd of thousands, Musk revealed industry-disrupting details of the Tesla Semi.

    The Tesla Semi can accelerate from 0-60 in 5 seconds, without cargo, and 20 seconds with a full 80,000 lb. load, more than twice as quick as a traditional diesel truck. The Semi can also traverse a 5% gradient at 65mph, compared to 45mph for diesel trucks. This is all powered by the truck’s four independent electric motors says Musk. “You can lose two of the four motors, and the truck will still keep going. In fact, even if you have only two of the four motors active it will still beat a diesel truck.”

    [​IMG]Tesla Semi-Reveal before the big curtain drop (Photo: Teslarati) 

    In addition, the Tesla Semi has a .36 drag coefficient, compared to the standard of .65-.70. Musk compared it to a Bugatti, noting that the semi-truck beats the supercar’s .38 drag coefficient. “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,” says Tesla in its official announcement. The company also highlighted the fact that the Semi benefits tremendously from the regenerative braking that can recapture 98% of braking energy into the battery.

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    The Tesla Semi’s development has been led by Jerome Guillen, VP of Trucks and Programs. He has led the development of the truck since January 2016, and prior to his current role was VP of Worldwide Sales and Service and was the Model S’s Program Director & VP of Vehicle Engineering. While it may seem odd that Guillen jumped from Sales and Service to leading the development of an all-electric semi-truck, it’s worth noting that before joining Tesla, he was Director of Business Innovation at Daimler and General Manager of Freightliner (Large manufacturer of class 8 diesel semi-trucks, owned by Daimler).

    Tesla claims that the semi will cost 20% less per mile compared to diesel trucks, costing $1.26/mile versus $1.51/mile . But that wasn’t all. Musk announced convoy technology that will further reduce the cost per mile driven for the Tesla Semi, even beating the cost of rail-based transportation.

    While Tesla didn’t unveil the price of the Semi, Musk noted that the semi-truck is expected to save operators $200k on fuel alone over 1 million miles. This resonated with fleet owners as Jerome Guillen pointed to some important guests at the event, stating that they had “placed a lot of reservations”. First production of the Tesla Semi is expected sometime in 2019.

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  2. J.D.

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    Great specs on the truck, it looks great, range is great, some questions left, does it have a sleeper cabin? I think this will do very well for Tesla, this should shake up the trucking industry more than a little bit. Hopefully they can ramp that up after learning what they are with the Model 3!
     
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    I think this is amazing, simply for the traffic implications for us normal drivers. I foresee a massive roadblock to adoption because of truck drivers though. Who would want to drive a truck that is ultimately going to put them out of a job?
     
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    What is the smaller grey truck onstage next to the big white one? Why 2 sizes? Nobody seemed to mention the smaller one, or any performance differences
     
  5. Andy Granger

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    The grey truck is the same spec as the visually larger white truck, but is not fitted with the roof top spoiler that contributes towards the low Cx with a full height trailer. If you look at the interior pix, they have the lower roof line with rear wall stowage bins. It would make sense to have two heights of cab interior and use the full potential of the higher roofline, it would be possible to get a good bunk up there. But I guess if no driver, no need for bunk...
     
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    No sleeper cab declared, but check out my reply bellow about the cab height. Roof top spoiler on white cab is poor use of space. It would be possible to get a high cab interior under the spoiler and hence a good bunk on the rear wall.
     
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    Also worth noting that the Semi will likely have a 1MW+ battery pack.
     
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