Going into production in 2019, Tesla says its Semi will provide a far better driving experience for truckers, as well as increased safety, and “significantly reduced” transport costs.
In numbers, that translates to an insane 0-60 mph time of five seconds while empty, which Tesla claims is three times faster than what a comparable diesel truck can achieve. More importantly, the Semi will reach the same speed in 20 seconds under its full 80,000 lbs. load, which is five times better than what a diesel can do, according to Mr. Musk.
And talk about a basic interior! Two touchscreens, a steering wheel, and lots of visibility thanks to the central driving position. While far from being exciting, it looks functional enough, and Tesla claims the Semi’s unobstructed stairs offer easier entry and exit, with full standing room inside. There’s blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging, with built-in connectivity with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, as well as remote monitoring.
In terms of safety, the Semi packs a reinforced battery and a windshield made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented thanks to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes.
Blinds spots are minimized by surround cameras, while the Semi’s nanny package includes enhanced Autopilot, automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, lane departure warning, and event recording.
Tesla says that fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile, which means “owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone.”
Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck, with production starting in 2019. While there, you can also put down the deposit for the world’s quickest road car, the second-generation Tesla Roadster.