Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk made headlines Thursday night with his debut of an electric semi truck. The new truck has a range of 500 miles per charge and can haul up to 80,000 pounds. It can go 0-60 in five seconds and can climb a 5 percent grade hill at 65 mph. Walmart has come out and announced that they will be testing the trucks and have preordered multiple vehicles. The trucks are expected to go into production in 2019. With Tesla introducing this truck, the question comes to mind whether the truck will be a successful addition to the trucking industry.
Those who feel this truck will be a success argue that it is an incredible piece of engineering. It is faster, better for the environment, and safer. With the added speed, things will get to their destinations quicker. Also, by running on electricity, it will reduce the use of fossil fuels. The new trucks are even enhanced with autopilot, which will help reduce the number of accidents. The total operational cost is another selling feature of the new Tesla design, since it is cheaper to use than a standard semi truck.
People who don’t think the truck will be a success feel that it was designed by people who never talked to a truck driver. The center seat design means that drivers will need cameras to back up and you are not supposed to use them as a driver. Also, there is no living compartment which means that drivers will have to sleep in hotels instead of their trucks. That will, of course, cost them a lot of money, probably more than they’ll save in operational costs. There is also the issue of the 500 mile range where there will be very few charging stations, which makes them unpractical for long distance use.
Here is an NBC News Video on Tesla’s brand new semi truck and roadster:
Will the new Tesla semi truck be a success? Is this new electric truck a big step into the future for the trucking industry? Vice versa, is it, as some have suggested, poorly designed for trucking?
Yes, the new Tesla electric semi truck will be a success
People who think the truck will be a success say that it is a huge leap into the future, and will revolutionize the industry with features that make it faster, safer, and cheaper to use.
#Tesla Semi- Truck:
Faster than diesel ✔️
Better driving experience✔️
500 mile range✔️
Charges to 400 miles within 30 minute mandated rest time✔️
Impossible to jack-knife✔️
Lower maintenance, better up -time✔️
— Jacob Ginsberg (@JacobEGinsberg) November 17, 2017
It's funny that half of the comments I read are nothing but negative. I'm not a truck driver but this looks like an amazing innovation. Tesla engineering at it's finest!
— Clayton Ray (@iamclaytonray) November 17, 2017
For the cost of the truck, repairs, gas, ect. It is much cheaper.
— Carl (@VordonZon) November 17, 2017
The new @Tesla semi is just incredible
— Dr. Wilson (@madcloutb) November 17, 2017
No, the new Tesla electric semi truck will not be a success
People who think the truck will be a failure say that it is poorly designed, and that without living quarters or a substantial number of charging stations, it will not be usable on long distance hauling.
Still won't do anyone in the trucking industry any good. 500 mile range with no place to charge up, especially when truck stops do not have charging stations
— Ronald Collins (@kg4icg) November 17, 2017
only 500 mile range thats not practical for semi's, plus no cab for sleeping, also the tech may become distracting.
— Ryan Lamont B (@digitalpins) November 17, 2017
Center seat means the driver has to rely on cameras for backing. That's a huge no-no.
— real_digital_trucker @real_digital_trucker on GAB (@dt_TruckinOn) November 17, 2017
Centre seated…. but why? AFAICT that's never a good idea on a vehicle designed for public road use.
— (((Ant Miller))) (@meeware) November 17, 2017
Do you think the Tesla electric semi truck will be a success in the trucking industry?