Tesla finally delivers first Semi long-haul electric truck
The class-defining production truck has a range of about 300 or 500 mi depending on battery capacity thanks to its less than 2-kW·h/mi energy consumption, while three independent motors on the rear axles can accelerate it from 0–60 mph in 20 s and maintain the highway speed limit up a 5% grade.
About five years after the prototype was unveiled, yesterday Tesla took the wraps off its long-awaited Semi long-haul truck at an event at the company’s Sparks, NV, Gigafactory called Giga Nevada, which the company says produces the most battery cells in North America along with drive units and battery packs. The main event was a presentation from Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, and Dan Priestley, Senior Manager, Semi Truck Engineering, and the first official customer handover to PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, which completed the truck’s first cargo run from Modesto factory to the Sparks event with a load of snacks.
Tesla pitches the powerful, efficient, fully electric Semi as the future of trucking, and the performance numbers are impressive. According to the company’s website, a fully loaded Semi at 82,000-lb gross combination weight has a range of about 300 or 500 mi depending on battery capacity thanks to its less than 2-kW·h/mi energy consumption. (Though battery capacities weren’t given, that would equate to a range of about 600 to 1000 kW·h or less.)
Three independent motors on the rear axles can accelerate the Semi from 0–60 mph in 20 s, fully loaded, and maintain
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