by Graham Pierrepoint
Talk of the first fully-electric car has been rife for decades – particularly with fuel prices rising globally from year to year – and no one has shown as much belief in the future of energy-efficient vehicles as Tesla, owned by CEO Elon Musk. Musk, of course, is something of an entrepreneur and is keen to progress the evolution of beneficial tech as far as he possibly can, being responsible for other ground-breaking units such as SpaceX, who are currently focused on colonizing the galaxy around us one planet at a time. This week, however, Musk has moved from talk on reaching and living on Mars to revolutionizing our roads – with fuel-economic vehicles that could become a regular fixture on our highways by the turn of the next decade.
The Tesla Semi is a semi-trailer truck with a reported 500 miles available on just one full electric charge – meaning that it will be the first fully electric truck from Tesla’s fleet to hit the road. Musk himself has described the vehicle as “not like any truck that you’ve ever driven.” It’s thought to be able to reach 60 mph with the heaviest load allowed on US highways in just 20 seconds – making it a relative speed demon as well as an energy-efficient behemoth. Tesla are fixated on trying to make electric vehicles a common commodity – in the hope that it will drive down dependency on fuel and will help to reduce carbon emissions for the long term.
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The truck was unveiled alongside a roadster vehicle at a time when production on the company’s landmark Model 3 vehicle appears to have stalled slightly – something which Musk himself has referred to as ‘production hell’ – as the number of cars produced through the line in recent history reportedly fell far short of what had been projected. Regardless of this, Musk has produced a rather bold statement in his new truck technology – which will need to stand up against an extremely competitive market. It’s thought that a battery alone for such a vehicle could cost in the region of $200,000 – which will need to stand up against the costs for trucks in general, which fall far below this expected price tag.
Will Tesla’s range of electric-powered vehicles take the world by storm? Can we expect to see electric trucks in convoys over the next twenty years? Let’s wait and see.