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Old 14th April 2017, 14:42   #1
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Default Tesla electric semi-truck coming in September 2017: Elon Musk

Tesla will unveil an electric semi-truck in September this year. This information was revealed through a tweet by the company's CEO, Elon Musk. Deeper details about the features, range and powertrain specifications of this Tesla semi haven't been revealed yet.

Elon Musk had first mentioned about the company's plans to develop commercial vehicles in July last year, when he drafted the company's 'Master Plan'. Musk had said that the Tesla semi would be engineered to reduce the cost of cargo transportation, while making it safer and easier for drivers to drive such heavy vehicles for long distances.

The semi-truck is also a part of Elon Musk's plans to expand Tesla's reach beyond the passenger vehicle segment. This will not only help the electric car maker to gather experience of developing electric powertrains for completely different roles and capabilities, but will also insulate it from changing market equations of a single segment.

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Default Re: Tesla electric semi-truck coming in September 2017: Elon Musk

Wow. that is really good news. (Bad for some OEMs who survive on Trucks). Very interesting to see the product development cycle followed by Tesla. Hope they deliver an amazing product free off niggles (unlike Model S).
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Turnaround time is crucial for Trucks. max on-road time is super critical for ROI. Also, Charger/Super Charger location cannot be decision makers for route planning.
Keeping these in mind, I really hope Tesla is able to provide Battery Hot Swap technology.

Also, in many cases, these trucks return without trailer. In this case, the tractor (Truck without trailer) should not have the penalty of the huge battery pack otherwise needed for a full load pull. Therefore, a twin battery pack approach - one for tractor and other for trailer, would be ideal. Improves traction too.
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This news is sure to send a lot of truck manufacturers scrambling for their cheque books and putting together electric propulsion teams!! They have already seen what Testal did to the passenger car manufacturers.

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Turnaround time is crucial for Trucks. max on-road time is super critical for ROI. Also, Charger/Super Charger location cannot be decision makers for route planning.
Keeping these in mind, I really hope Tesla is able to provide Battery Hot Swap technology.

Also, in many cases, these trucks return without trailer. In this case, the tractor (Truck without trailer) should not have the penalty of the huge battery pack otherwise needed for a full load pull. Therefore, a twin battery pack approach - one for tractor and other for trailer, would be ideal. Improves traction too.
But wouldn't the weight penalty of a big battery be much less for a semi than for a car. I mean they should be able to put a much bigger battery compared to the weight of the truck than what is possible in cars. Also given the number of wheels more scope for energy harvesting while braking?

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Tesla’s all-electric semi truck, CEO Elon Musk released the first teaser image of the truck .

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He confirmed that the prototype is already working and he even got a quick test drive around the parking lot. He added that the truck “feels like a sports car”.
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The CEO also confirmed that the vehicle will be capable of long hauls, which was previously uncertain due to its expected all-electric powertrain which requires an incredibly large battery pack in order to travel hundreds of miles with a large payload.
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