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When launched on the 16th of November 2017 the Tesla Semi Class 8 electric truck, available in 2019, exceeded most expectations. Elon Musk unveiled the truck with the acronym of BAMF (Bad Ass *&)%$#*) due to its insane performance when compared to conventional trucks. The Tesla Semi accelerates from 0 – 60mph in 5 seconds, faster than most production cars. A Tesla Semi truck and trailer fully loaded with 80,000 pounds can accelerate from 0 – 60mph in 20 seconds. The Tesla Semi can reach a top speed of 65 mph on a 5% grade. The average conventional truck accelerates from 0 – 60mph in only 15 seconds and reaches a top speed of only 45 mph on a 5% grade incline.

Operating and maintenance cost on the Tesla Semi on a worst case scenario is only 80% of that of a conventional diesel truck from day one. The Tesla Semi Class 8 electric truck requires no shifting or clutching and recovers 98% of its kinetic energy while breaking giving it a basically infinite brake life. Calculating the Tesla Semi Truck charging cost with the wattEV2buy calculator shows that in California it will cost around $2,500 to charge and operate the electric truck for a month, compared to $3,400 for a conventional diesel truck. The Tesla Semi will be available in two battery sizes with guaranteed repeated charging for a million miles. The Tesla Semi-electric truck uses the same electric motors as that of the Tesla Model 3 which can operate for more than a million miles.

Equipped with Enhanced Autopilot, reinforced battery, impact resistant glass and surround cameras the Tesla Semi is extremely safe for its driver, other road users, and pedestrians. Through sensors controlling the motors, the Tesla Semi can prevent jackknifing. Autopilot features such as lane departure warning, automatic lane keeping, emergency braking and event recording will result in fewer deaths since 98% of all semi-truck accidents result in at least one death. With the use of the enhanced autopilot, the Tesla Semi can easily travel in a convoy of multiple Tesla Semis.

Walmart was one of the first companies to place an order for the Tesla Semi, ordering 15 units just after the launch.



Tesla Class 8 Semi Truck Specs 2019 Battery Chemistry Battery Capacity kWh 1000 Battery Nominal rating kWh Voltage V Amps Ah Cells Modules Efficiency Weight (kg) Cell Type SOC Cooling Cycles Battery Type Depth of Discharge (DOD) Energy Density Wh/kg Battery Manufacturer Battery Warranty - years Battery Warranty - km Battery Warranty - miles Battery Electric Range - at constant 38mph Battery Electric Range - at constant 60km/h Battery Electric Range - NEDC Mi Battery Electric Range - NEDC km Battery Electric Range - CCM Mi Battery Electric Range - CCM km Battery Electric Range - EPA Mi 500 Battery Electric Range - EPA km 800 Electric Top Speed - mph 65 Electric Top Speed - km/h Acceleration 0 - 100km/h sec Acceleration 0 - 50km/h sec Acceleration 0 - 62mph sec Acceleration 0 - 60mph sec 5 Acceleration 0 - 37.2mph sec Wireless Charging Direct Current Fast Charge kW Charger Efficiency Onboard Charger kW Onboard Charger Optional kW Charging Cord - amps Charging Cord - volts LV 1 Charge kW LV 1 Charge Time (Hours) LV 2 Charge kW LV 2 Charge Time (Hours) LV 3 CCS/Combo kW LV 3 Charge Time (min to 70%) LV 3 Charge Time (min to 80%) 30 LV 3 Charge Time (mi) 400 LV 3 Charge Time (km) 640 Supercharger Charging System kW Charger Output Charge Connector Power Outlet kW Power Outlet Amps MPGe Combined - miles MPGe Combined - km MPGe City - miles MPGe City - km MPGe Highway - miles MPGe Highway - km Max Power - hp (Electric Max) Max Power - kW (Electric Max) Max Torque - lb.ft (Electric Max) Max Torque - N.m (Electric Max) Drivetrain Generator Motor Type Electric Motor Manufacturer Electric Motor Output kW Electric Motor Output hp Transmission Electric Motor - Rear Max Power - hp (Rear) Max Power - kW (Rear) Max Torque - lb.ft (Rear) Max Torque - N.m (Rear) Electric Motor - Front Max Power - hp (Front) Max Power - kW (Front) Max Torque - lb.ft (Front) Max Torque - N.m (Front) Energy Consumption kWh/100km Energy Consumption kWh/100miles 200 Deposit GB Battery Lease per month EU Battery Lease per month MSRP (expected) EU MSRP (before incentives & destination) GB MSRP (before incentives & destination) US MSRP (before incentives & destination) CHINA MSRP (before incentives & destination) MSRP after incentives Vehicle Trims Doors Seating Dimensions Luggage (L) GVWR (kg) GVWR (lbs) Curb Weight (kg) Curb Weight (lbs) Payload Capacity (kg) Payload Capacity (lbs) Towing Capacity (lbs) Max Load Height (m) Ground Clearance (inc) Ground Clearance (mm) Lenght (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Wheelbase (mm) Lenght (inc) Width (inc) Height (inc) Wheelbase (inc) Other Utility Factor Auto Show Unveil Availability Market Segment Class Safety Level Unveiled Relaunch First Delivery Chassis designed Based On AKA Self-Driving System SAE Autonomous Level Connectivity Unique Extras Incentives Home Charge Installation Public Charging Subsidy


Go to our detailed breakdown of Global EV Sales to see how the Tesla Semi Class 8 Electric Truck strategy fares to its competitors in the fast-growing EV market.




2017 Week 41 - Tesla Semi unveil delayed again

The much-anticipated reveal of Tesla‘s Semi truck this month has been pushed back to November 16 as the company refocusses on clearing bottlenecks in the Model 3 production. This is the second delay of the Semi which was supposed to be unveiled in September. According to a tweet by Elon, there are no issues with the Semi itself causing the delay. Although Elon is known for missing ambitious deadlines, he is forgiven as the result never disappoints.

As we wait for Tesla to finally unveil its electric truck other automakers this week also announced their intentions to bring alternative fuelled trucks to the market by 2020. In a press release, Toyota announced that it is starting testing its hydrogen fuel cell truck in Tesla’s backyard. The FCEV truck, known as “Project Portal” will be undergoing testing between the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach terminals and the surrounding rail yards and warehouses. The class 8 load truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 lb.ft of torque from a relatively small 12kWh battery and two Mirai fuel cell stacks. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, which would be the daily test distance at the LA Port.


Volkswagen also announced this week that it would invest €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) in its truck and bus unit. The funding will go towards electric drive-trains, self-driving tech, and cloud-based systems. VW and its subsidiary, truck maker Navistar, aims to launch a medium-duty electric truck in the USA as early as 2019.

Other automakers that have already committed to electric trucks are Daimler and a host of Chinese manufacturers. Download our database of all Chinese electric trucks in our shop.


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