November 17, 2017
Tesla Inc. unveiled Tesla Semi, a new electric semi-truck to its product lineup. The move by the Palo Alto, CA-based company aligns with its ambition of leading a shift to sustainable transportation. Trucks are ripe for green innovation since they are among the dirtiest polluters, accounting for roughly 25% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Tesla Semi trucks will be equipped with enhanced autopilot and other self-drive and safety features such as automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping and lane departure warning. Tesla Semi is scheduled for production in 2019.
The manufacturer says its trucks will have a range of 500 miles per charge, and asserts that total operating costs would be lower than for a diesel-driven truck. Tesla Semi will go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds and would climb a 5%-grade hill at 65 mph. Tesla’s Elon Musk says solar-powered “megachargers” will be available “worldwide” to recharge trucks to a 400-mile range in 30 minutes.
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