Tesla Electric Semi is the Future of the Trucking Industry
The personal transportation industry has seen major advancements in electric cars in the last few decades and now Tesla environmental friendly fully electric semi trucks are about to rollout and change to future of the trucking industry.
Tesla environmental friendly fully electric semi trucks are designed to change the shipping industry.
The trucking industry in the USA alone, has grown to be worth over 700 billion dollars, and until now has relied on diesel powered trucks for product deliveries. The average diesel semi truck is on the road for no less than 50,000 miles per year with a average fuel mileage of 10mpg resulting in a huge environmental impact and high running cost over their lifetime. In 2017 Tesla announced to change this will a fully electric semi truck that will change the shipping industry. Tesla has put massive attention into making the semi incredibly reliable and guarantees that the drivetrain will not break down for a million miles. The Tesla semi will anticipate when it needs maintenance and inform you ahead of time.
The revolutionary tesla semi design put the driver in the center of the cabin allowing increased visibility.
How the Tesla Electric Semi truck is evolving
A single seat occupies the center of the spacious driving cab instead of to one side and this provides improved visibility of all the surroundings and control over the electric semi. A pair of 15 inch touchscreens positioned before the driver, has software running live vehicle information, mapping and external cameras (virtual wing mirrors) relaying the footage of the semi's surroundings that improves driver safety with a wider field of view. Tesla's verity of cameras and sensors will aid in driver safety, which includes Autonomist emergency braking, lane keep assist and forward collision warning. Constant analysts of the trucks position means the semi is vertically impossible to jackknife. Further more communication between other tesla semi trucks will allow for automatic truck convoys that will line multiple semi trucks in close session reducing drag and improving efficacy.
Tesla Semi truck battery range
Tesla is offering a 300 mile range model, but most operators in the transportation industry are expected to opt for the 500 range model. 80% of most trucking routes are under 250 miles one way, and this means a 500 mile range Tesla semi could round trip it before it needed charging. The bullet design for the Tesla semi, reduces the drag coefficient to 0.36 which even places it ahead of the Bugatti Chiron, a hyper car with a drag coefficient 0.38. Current conventional semi trucks receive a coefficient range of 0.65 - 0.70. The Tesla semi has side flaps that map to the trailer that is being pulled which closes the gap making a huge difference in the drag coefficient. The bottom of the truck is also completely flat so air can flow straight though.
Tesla Semi Electric truck power Specs
Each of the four wheels in the dual rear axle setup, house a independent 271hp electric model 3 motor giving the Tesla semi a over all rating of 1084hp. Even with two of the four motors not working the Tesla semi will still out perform a diesel truck. With part designs borrowed from the tesla model 3 it cuts the cost of the Tesla semi. However, Elon Musk has said that full self driving, which cost $10,000 for the Tesla Model 3, could cost upwards of $100,000 in the Tesla semi due to the size difference and more complex safety factors of the 44 ton semi. The newly developed tab-less 4680 battery will be used in the Tesla semi and with the battery pack in the floor pan it gives the semi a low center of gravity and prevents rollovers. When the new 4680 cells are packed into a existing 2170 battery pack it netted and 16% increase in range. Other Tesla EVs that will benefit from this new battery are the Tesla model Y, the Cyber truck and the new generation Tesla Roadster.
Performance of the Tesla Semi Truck
The conventional Diesel truck empty can go from 0-60mph in 15 seconds, when the conventional diesel truck has a loaded pulling weight of 80,000lbs, it can sometimes take over a minute to reach 60mph. The Tesla semi can go from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds with or with out a empty trailer and when loaded can go from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds. Going up a hill with 5% grade the best diesel trucks can only do 45mph, the Tesla semi can do 65mph continuous at max gross loaded weight of 80,000 pounds. When you factor in time and operation cost in transporting a load over a mountainous region, you are earning 50% more per mile in a Tesla semi compared to the convectional diesel truck. When you take into consideration the true full cost of trucking the conventional diesel truck will cost 20% more than a Tesla semi per mile.
The Tesla Semi will deliver a better driver experience
Walmart USA has signed a contract for 130 Tesla semis with Walmart Canada to buy 40 more. Walmart Canada will have one of the largest electric fleets in the country having with 20% of its semis electric. UPS has ordered 125, Pepsi has 100 on order and Anheuser-Busch has order 40 Tesla semis.