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Tesla is known for its electric cars, but the company revealed its first foray into the Semi truck market on November 16th. The company previously stated it would build the truck but the details on the vehicle were unclear. The fully electric Semi is designed to increase efficiency for shipping companies and use automation technology to make transporting goods safer.
According to the company's website, the Semi can go from 0-60 mph in just 20 seconds with a full load of 80,000 lbs. It has a drag coefficient of 0.36, and it uses less than two kWh of electric power per mile. Per charge, the truck can travel up to 500 miles at highway speeds, and with a mega-charger, it can get 400 miles of charge in just 30 minutes. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, noted that 80 percent of shipping trips are only about 250 miles or less, meaning most trips could be done without recharging the truck.
On the highway, the Tesla Semi offers autonomous vehicle functions, not unlike the Tesla Autopilot feature found on its cars. It also offers a Platooning feature, which allows the trucks to work in groups to cover ground more efficiently.
Tesla claims that its Semi can help save $200,000 over the course of a million miles on fuel costs alone. This means that if a whole fleet of trucks switched over it could potentially save millions of dollars over time. Tesla is supposed to start delivering Semi-trucks in 2019, but it will be interesting to see if it can deliver. It is currently having trouble meeting demand for its Tesla Model 3 car. Companies and individuals can reserve a Tesla Semi for $5,000. The final price for the truck has not yet been determined.
It will likely be some time before Tesla Semi-trucks roam American highways, until then, you can shop for trucks with J. Ruble and Sons. Contact us today!
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