The New Tesla Semi Truck Unveiled

Tesla launched the new electric Semi Truck  Last month.

The launch event  took place in Hawthorne, California and was live streamed via the company’s website.

Electric Truck Tesla

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla led the presentation of the new vehicle saying, “We want a vehicle that feels incredible and accelerates like no other.”

The Semi Truck can speed from 0-60mph in just five seconds and, even with a max load of 80,000lbs it can accelerate to 60mph in just 20 seconds.

The new electric lorry will have 500 miles of range at maximum weight at 60mph.

“Because this truck has no gears, you’re not constantly shifting gears,” said Musk.

“It has one gear. It’s smooth. It’s like you’re driving a Tesla, a Model S, or Model X, or Model 3, it’s just big.”

Inside the Semi Tesla Truck

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla Semi truck

Elon Musk described its 500 mile range as a “worst case scenario” alluding to a significantly higher max range without a huge load.

There are motors on each wheel which change torque and eliminates the possibility of jack-knifing.

Design for the truck was inspired by a ‘bullet’ and has a better drag coefficient than the new Bugatti Chiron – hypercar.

Semi truck has a drag 0.36 coefficient compared to 0.38 on the Chiron.

Drivers of the Semi sit is central instead of to one side and are flanked by two touchscreens.

Claimed reliability for one million miles before breaking down and can still work with just two in a faster and more efficient way than a diesel truck. The vehicle will also come in a range of colours.

It will run on solar power and be able to plug into the new ‘Mega Charger’ network.

Automatically the truck comes with Autopilot which will assist with braking and lane keeping.

It will cost one Kshs. 502,000 ($5000) for a reservation and production will begin in 2019.



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