Tesla officially unveiled its long-awaited Semi truck. According to the chief executive officer of the company Ilona Mask, it represents the future of cargo transportation.
Interior and Exterior Design
Interior Tesla Semi offers only one place, located in the center of the cabin, which provides drivers with an unprecedented visibility. The driver’s seat is surrounded by two touch screens, similar to those presented in the Tesla Model 3. Tesla Semi will receive an improved autopilot, which significantly increases the safety of using such trucks. A special part of the cabin is a heavy-duty windshield, which is almost impossible to break.
At this moment, a special emphasis is placed, since according to Mask this particular detail in trucks is most vulnerable. We can assume that the director of Tesla is cunning and the emphasis on the glasses is connected with the new development of the company – Tesla Solar Roof.
Tesla semi represents the future of cargo transportation. Firstly, because of the mileage, which is serious 800 km. This is the official autonomy of Tesla Semi in highway conditions and with a full body load of 36.2 tons. Secondly, because of the dynamics: up to 96 km / h, the loaded wagon accelerates in 20 seconds – much faster than any diesel semitrailer on the market. Without a trailer, the truck will reach the same mark in five seconds.
These characteristics Tesla Semi partly provide four independent electric motors. Each car of Tesla Semi will be delivered with an extended autopilot already in the database. Consequently, the truck will include automatic steering and autonomous braking.
Tesla Semi owners will benefit from the new Megacharger, a powerful charger that can charge 640 km in just 30 minutes. The Tesla Semi can accelerate to 100 km / h in 5 seconds without load and in 20 seconds with a full load of 36 tons, this is twice the dynamics of the acceleration of a conventional diesel truck.
Tesla Semi can overcome a 5 percent tilt angle at 104 km / h, which is 30 km / h faster than diesel tractors. The novelty is equipped with four independent electric motors, according to Ilona Mask: “You can lose two engines out of four and still continue to move.” “The loss of two electric motors will simply turn Tesla Semi into a diesel truck.” – jokes executive director Tesla.
Release Date and Price
The presentation of Tesla Semi was on 16, November in California but according to official announcements, Tesla Semi production will start in 2019. Price will be from $150 000 to $200 000. For comparison, most diesel trucks nowadays cost about $120 000.
As the representatives of the company assure, the resource of Tesla Semi will be one million kilometers. And this means that for its life cycle the truck will be able to travel around the globe 40 times and it is impressive, isn’t it?