Tesla's Electric Semi Truck Is Drawing Some Major Buyers

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 12:30PM
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 12:30PM
Tesla's Electric Semi Truck Is Drawing Some Major Buyers
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Elon Musk's Tesla company has been getting bigger, and we mean that more literally than figuratively, with much of this month's tech news focusing on the enormous electric semi truck that the company announced, simply called the Tesla Semi.

With a sleek silver color to make it look futuristic, the Tesla Semi actually looks impressive, coming in two different models which can travel 300 or 500 miles before needing a recharge, containing four motors, and managing to go from 0-60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with an 80,000 pound load attached. Although beyond Elon Musk himself, only a handful have actually driven it far enough to test that out.

Still, even though it's not slated to begin production until 2019 (Musk and others have only driven prototypes), it's attracted six major retailers and transportation companies so far, all of which are pre-ordering a fleet of the trucks to replace the gas guzzlers currently in use. So far, these include possible megacorp Wal-Mart alongside retailers Meijer and Loblaws, as well as the transport companies J.B. Hunt, NFI, and Bison Transport, some of which have put out press releases on the matter.



The big reason for purchasing these trucks was environmental impact, and Tesla generally pushes itself as being better for the environment than gas powered cars - which, to be fair, is true. And while a single person purchasing a Tesla instead of a Hummer may not be enough to positively impact the environment, when a giant like Wal-Mart suddenly decides they care and orders a giant fleet of electric trucks, that can make a bigger impact. 

If for some reason, you were curious about buying a semi truck for yourself, it's definitely going to cost you. Tesla's estimated costs for their Semi are $150,000 and $180,000 depending on the model, which is a sizable amount more than a diesel truck. But once you're paying for electricity instead of gas, savings might start to build up over time.

And besides, if you need a semi truck, then you probably own a company and have the funds to sink into something that expensive.
 

Musk, as per usual, has been talking big about the truck for some time, claiming even before its official unveiling that if his Tesla Semi and a diesel semi got in a tug-of-war, his electric truck would drag the diesel truck "uphill." But Musk has never been one for understatements.

Either way, we'll find out soon enough how powerful the Tesla Semi is in a couple years, once they all start hitting the roads.


 
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