Other automaker CEOs have tried the game of claiming that consumers don't want electric cars (and ignored or talked down the strong demand for Tesla's Model 3).
With regard to the other technologies it incorporates, Tesla excites its sensors, which rapidly perceive instability, resulting in rapid auto-response to wheels and brakes as well as cameras that observe the surrounding environment uninterruptedly, contributing to early detection of threatening objects. It's not the best semi truck in the world, but for what it is, this new Tesla vehicle is quite impressive and stands to change semi trucks forever.
One of the most notable things that Musk has planned is a big push into China. The first 1000 units will be reserved for founder series at $2,50,000 wherein prospective interests will reserve theirs and crowd-source the development of the sedan.
What makes them different from what is found in Tesla's consumer vehicles, is the modified gearing ratios. Tesla won't divulge the details of its motors, so I whipped out an old envelope and did some calculations on the back.
At full load 36 ton Semi Tesla can accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in 20 seconds.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has already announced that it has ordered five Tesla units in Walmart U.S. and 10 units in Walmart Canada.
Tesla claims that the Semi's batteries can be charged to 80% capacity (400-mile range) in 30 minutes, using one of its appropriately-named "Mega Chargers".
Tesla also wants to finish its massive battery plant called Gigafactory 1, ramp up Model 3 production (hitting a total of 1 million vehicles per year by 2020), launch an all-electric pickup truck, create the Tesla Network, expand Superchargers significantly, automate its manufacturing plants even more, and double its mobile service fleet. And the Canada-based grocery chain Loblaw has revealed that it will be reserving and ordering a total of 25 of the new all-electric Tesla heavy-duty trucks.
If a driver has a medical emergency, the truck will automatically come to a gradual stop, and can call for help if the driver doesn't respond to a prompt, Musk said. He talks to dispatchers and the workers on the docks. The electric vehicle producer reported ($2.92) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of ($3.09) by $0.17, Bloomberg Earnings reports.
How will the Tesla Semi recharge?
More than 4 million semi-trucks travel America's roads, with more than 98 percent of them diesel powered, the Diesel Technology Forum said. But it's really about the underlying points above, isn't it?
The interior room has much to do with Tesla moving the drivetrain to the rear, right behind the cabin. That would be an attractive range for commercial truck drivers as the vast majority of truck routes are less than 250 miles. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in shares of Tesla by 131.8% in the second quarter.
The prices of the truck and Roadster were not disclosed. "It's part of our commitment to electrify our fleet", spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said in a statement.
But this is where it gets interesting.