True to its promise, Tesla Motors just revealed the Tesla Semi on Thursday, just a few hours ago.
Key Features: Tesla Semi All-electric Big Rig Truck
Naturally, it’s all-electric, with an independent motor for each pair of wheels on the rear axles of the truck. If one fails, the others will still be able to pull 80,000 pounds.
Range is 500 miles on a single charge, and the battery pack is located under the floor of the cab, which is tall enough for a trucker to stand up in.
Oddly, the steering wheel is located at the center, so it’s going to take some getting used to.
Onboard telemetry on the Tesla semi truck will link up to the fleet’s management system, potentially facilitating the use of ELDs (electronic logging devices) in the future, in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulation on ELD adoption that will come into effect this year, on December 18, 2017.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk also says that jackknifing is impossible with the Tesla Semi. Statistically, jackknifing is responsible for 10 percent of all truck-related occupant fatalities.
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