The Tesla Semi is an innovative vehicle that is far ahead of its time. It is also paving the way for better semi trucks in future. Tesla designed a semi with many advantages over regular commercial trucks, including improved performance and reduced emissions.
The first announcement of the electric long-hauler was made in 2017. It was originally scheduled to be in production in 2019. However, delays were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a shortage of parts.
Drivers can merge safely with other traffic by using three independent motors that provide unmatched torque and power at all speeds. Fully loaded, accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 20 seconds and maintain highway-level speeds up to steep grades.
Semi is equipped with active safety features, which pair with sophisticated motor and brake controls to provide traction and stability under all conditions. The driver has better visibility from the central seat, and an all-electric architecture helps reduce rollover risk as well as cabin intrusion in the event of an accident.
Electricity is 2.5 times more expensive per mile than diesel fuel. In the first three years, operators can expect to save up to $200,000 on fuel. Operators will spend less time in service centers and more time driving because they have remote diagnostics and over-the-air software upgrades.
Recently, the automaker announced a significant investment in Gigafactory Nevada to create new large production lines for Tesla Semi. It also indicated a plan of increasing its annual capacity to 50,000 trucks.