Can Tesla Semi Make Trucking Sexy?

February 13, 2023

Looks good.
Thanks Elon. Now stop being an asshole.

7 Responses to “Can Tesla Semi Make Trucking Sexy?”

  1. Anthony O'Brien Says:

    Electric doesn’t quite work for my job. Choice of two brands 300km range for bare truck, that drops to about 100km with van body and load. But then add powering the refrigeration and that drops to about 60 km. Not quite enough.

    But small improvements here and there could quickly add up. Less red on the truck, better insulation and better rout planning would still leave the range short. But then add in a little bit of improvement in the batteries and you would be getting close for a chunk of the runs. So not yet, but maybe much sooner than most would predict.

    Legislation could force the issue, but at present the result would be far from optimal. Perhaps no ICE vehicles in the city centre would be a good start, that’s where a large number of people compared to vehicles are. That’s where you spend so much time stuck in traffic queues, that range isn’t the same issue.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I can see sweet spots for electric semis that wouldn’t be used for cross-country, like having the trucks that collect the cargo containers (where crowds of idling diesel trucks is a problem) be electric and transfer them to outer hubs or direct to warehouses.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Having regenerative braking probably makes a big difference in comparing mileage with diesel semis, and they don’t burn fuel while stuck in traffic or waiting at the loading dock.

  3. gmrmt Says:

    Put wind turbines along the highways. String over head wires. And pantographs! Pantographs! Pantographs!

  4. jimbills Says:

    This can only end in tears:

    Yes, Elon Musk created a special system for showing you all his tweets first

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