Is the Tesla Semi more marketing madness, or does the math check out?
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The Tesla Semi has set the goal of disrupting long haul transportation in the United States. The truck was announced in 2017, to be produced in 2019. Well, it’s 2022, and the truck still isn’t on the highway. But according to Tesla & Pepsi, that changes this year, with deliveries set to happen in December 2022. This brings up the question, does the Tesla Semi make any sense?
We’ll look at six major questions:
1. What is the battery capacity and weight?
2. How much range will it actually have?
3. How much does the Semi weigh, and how much power does it make?
4. What’s the charging rate?
5. How much will the Tesla Semi cost to opperate?
6. Will the Tesla Semi have better emissions than a diesel?
Rolling Resistance – https://www.lrrb.org/pdf/201539.pdf
Diesel Prices – https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=EMD_EPD2D_PTE_SCA_DPG&f=M
Class 8 MPG – https://afdc.energy.gov/data/10310
Class 8 Dimensions – https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/publications/size_regs_final_rpt/
CAA 2019 – https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/pol_plng_finance/policy/fastact/tswprovisions2019/index.htm
Class 8 Truck Weight – https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/fact-620-april-26-2010-class-8-truck-tractor-weight-component
2021 Tesla Impact – https://www.tesla.com/ns_videos/2021-tesla-impact-report.pdf
Nat Gas Weight Penalty – https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/812194_commercialmdhdtruckfuelefficiency.pdf
Semi Aero Drag – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705813004621
CO2 Emissions – https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle#:~:text=Every%20gallon%20of%20gasoline%20burned%20creates%20about%208%2C887%20grams%20of%20CO2.
W2W Emissions Cummins – https://www.cummins.com/news/2022/10/03/comparing-emission-reductions-across-alternative-fuels
CO2 Coefficients – https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/co2_vol_mass.php
W2W Diesel Emissions – https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/16004_life-cycle_ghg_oil_use_cars.pdf
Electricity Prices – https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_5_6_a
Fuel Prices – https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/prices.php
Energy Calculations – https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00432
USA Power Emissions – https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=74&t=11#:~:text=In%202019%2C%20total%20U.S.%20electricity,of%20CO2%20emissions%20per%20kWh
Battery Production Emissions – https://theicct.org/sites/default/files/publications/EV-life-cycle-GHG_ICCT-Briefing_09022018_vF.pdf
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