5 years after its unveiling and three years after it was initially supposed to enter manufacturing, the primary Tesla Semi truck was formally delivered to a buyer, on this case Pepsi. As normal, Tesla organized an occasion to mark the event, however though all people was anticipating Elon Musk and his group to disclose extra in regards to the all-electric hauler, not that a lot new info was really shared.
PepisCo used its first Tesla Semi to ship snacks to the occasion. The corporate ordered 100 Semi vehicles again in 2017 in a bid to chop on gasoline prices and transport-related carbon emissions. The snack and beverage large stated it will use these electrical vehicles to haul cargo between its two vegetation in California (the Frito-Lay plant in Modesto and the beverage manufacturing facility in Sacramento).
Elon didn’t even take questions on the finish of the presentation, suggesting that the corporate nonetheless wasn’t prepared to totally element the truck’s specs, actual pricing or the way it has been dealing with placing this mannequin into manufacturing – these absolutely would have been among the many questions he would have obtained.
He did point out that the Tesla Semi can be the primary Tesla automobile to run on a 1,000-volt electrical structure, which is important with a purpose to allow the automobile to cost on the sort of charges the corporate has promote. We already knew Tesla had marketed the Semi would be capable to cost at ultra-fast rates of up to 1 MW, which require “immersion cooling expertise” to maintain charging cables from actually melting.
This tech will enable the truck to achieve 70 p.c state of cost in simply half-hour, and in response to Tesla this tech will trickle all the way down to the Cybertruck too, so count on that to have a class-leading charging functionality.
The Tesla CEO additionally clarified that the Semi is ready to drive as much as 500 miles on one cost, even when it’s loaded, and the corporate uploaded a timelapse video (embedded above) displaying that it was potential. That is fairly exceptional and in response to Musk the truck used just below 2 kWh/mile, which implies that for a 500-mile journey it will require a battery approaching 1,000 kWh capability.
One of many methods the producer may have achieved the truck’s good effectivity might have one thing to do with the truth that except additional energy is required, solely one of many truck’s three (reportedly Mannequin S Plaid) motors are working, and the opposite two spin into life solely when wanted. The truck can apparently speed up from standstill to sixty in 20 even when laden.
One other remark made by Musk throughout the presentation needed to do with the Semi’s driving dynamics. He talked about that when not loaded, it feels fast and it’s identical to some other Tesla to drive. “This factor has loopy energy relative to a diesel truck,” he stated, “principally it is like an elephant shifting like a cheetah… Should you’re a trucker and also you need probably the most badass rig on the highway, that is it.”