The Tesla semi-truck has been an unique project indeed and features flowing LED headlamps and aerodynamic body. It is grafted with flared front fascia and embedded Daytime Running Lights. It also has a large wind deflector that can be removed for reduced air resistance.
As Tesla boss Elon Musk says, the new semi-truck is “seriously next level” and the design team has done an “amazing job”. He claimed that it will significantly reduce the cost of cargo transport alongside zero carbon emission.
The semi comes with advanced safety features and good handling capability as well. Tesla focusses on the 30 per cent of all trucking jobs involving regional trips between 100 and 200 miles with the semi. Musk calls the new vehicle as a beast and it has orange LED marker lights that are made mandatory for large trucks under US DMV regulations.
On to the all important electric range: Tesla says the official range under highway conditions when hauling its full 80,000 lbs load (36,287 kg) is 500 miles (804 km). Advertisement During the fully loaded capacity, it can go from 0 to 96 kmph in just 20 seconds – much quicker than any conventional diesel-powered semi available in the US market.
When the trailer is removed, the 0-96 kmph acceleration time is an astonishing five seconds – faster than several dedicated sports cars. All the magical juice comes from the four independent electric motors driving all the four wheels at the rear. An important trait of the Tesla Semi is that it won’t jackknife at any situation, according to Musk. It will use the independent rear wheels to dynamically adjust torque to avoid the phenomenon.
As in other Tesla badged models, the Semi comes equipped with ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ as standard fitment alongside autonomous braking and automatic lane keeping assist system. The promising Semi is the American EV brand’s first attempt at a commercial vehicle but it is touted to be highly reliable as well.
The customers are guaranteed that the Semi will not break down in its first million miles. Another significant addition is the availability of the new Megachargers. It helps adding up a range of 400 miles in just half an hour.