Tesla on Thursday unveiled its electric big-rig truck, the ‘Tesla Semi,’ which it will start producing in 2019.
The Tesla Semi could exactly fit your expectation zone. It can seat four and travel 620 miles (1,000 km) with a single charge. Musk said the truck will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 km per hour) in 1.9 seconds which is uncommonly fast compared to a diesel truck. The Tesla Semi will travel up to 500 miles at highway speed and less than 80 percent trips are at 250 miles.
Musk said, “you can travel anywhere in the world via the Megachargers.” Tesla will use a solar panel to power the truck and will build the supercharger network.
The Tesla Semi uses a number of Model 3 components including individual Model 3 motors for each wheel, and Model 3 inset door handles, these components maximize production efficiencies.
It also has Enhanced Autopilot and sensors jackknife protection, and cameras designed to reduce blind spots.
The position of the driver is also centered in the cab which makes it somewhat unique odd in the trucking world.
Drivers will have two Model 3 displays in the Semi: Touchscreens. These are positioned on either side of the driver and offer navigation information trip data logging applications and blind spot monitoring. The other one is the suite of fleet management and routing tools, which would require third-party add-on hardware.
Electric trucks can have longer-life and could be less expensive to maintain over the long term. Musk said, “The Semi requires significantly less maintenance” than a diesel truck, in particular, because it lacks the high-strain moving parts of internal combustion engine vehicles, including the engine, transmission, after-treatment system and differentials.”