Tesla Unveils New Semi Truck. Carriers Already Pre-Ordering

We know the saying "necessity is the mother of invention" and it seems that this is one of the main mission statements of Elon Musk and his company, Tesla. His company has so many irons in the fire looking to make the future happen sooner. When he is not trying to get man to Mars with his Space X program or even trying to help Puerto Rico recover power more quickly from Hurricane Maria, he is deep in development on his Tesla line of cars and now...semi trucks. The official unveiling of the sleek truck of the future wowed patrons and industry insiders with the promise of the most technological advanced truck to ever get on the road. Now don't be fooled, this is not an autonomous vehicle. A driver is still required to drive the Tesla semi, it is Tesla's way to bring about change in the industry through trucks that are cheaper to run and safer for drivers to drive. Tesla is saying the truck can carry loads up to 500 miles on a single charge and that it will take under 30 minutes to fully charge the truck. Fully loaded trucks of 80,000 lbs. accelerate from 0-60 in only 20 seconds and also promise to deliver 65mph up a 5% grade incline which any driver can tell you would be amazing. The semi truck will also come with driver assist with lane recognition helping the truck stay in lane hopefully helping prevent many accidents. With a lower center of gravity Tesla is saying that rollovers will be a thing of the past. Each will has independent motors which Tesla says will make jackknifing almost impossible. tesla interior As you can see the driver seat has been moved to the middle of the cab with a screen on each side of the steering wheel. The left screen will display vehicle functions and the right screen will be radio and navigational controls. Tesla is putting their money where their mouth is offering a 1 million mile powertrain warranty for every semi sold. Electric energy costs are half the cost of diesel with each model saving $200,000 in fuel costs. The cost of the semi is a surprisingly cheap one. The semis will range from $150,000-$200,000 putting it in direct competition with normal semi trucks Whether Tesla can deliver on their promises remains to be seen. This has not stopped carriers like Wal-Mart, DHL and J.B. Hunt from pre-ordering trucks for future use in their fleet. Tesla begins production of the semi in 2019.