2017 is the year Tesla officially went ludicrous, with the company revealing two vehicles that will surely turn the automotive industry on its head and accelerate its adoption of electric vehicles. The first is an all-electric semi truck that puts traditional, diesel-powered semis to shame.
The Tesla Semi is downright ridiculous, offering mind-blowing acceleration and overall performance. Here are some interesting facts:
- It can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph (96 km/h) time in just five seconds when no load is attached, a figure that not only thrashes all other semis, but is also makes the behemoth of a vehicle faster than most sports cars on the market.
- It can tow a full 80,000-pound load, maintaining speed of 65 mph on a sustained five-percent grade. An average diesel-powered truck, by comparison, ascends the same incline at around 45 mph (72 km/h).
- At highway speeds, the truck is capable of a 500-mile (805 km) range on a single charge when carrying a maximum load.
- The interior has center-mounted seating like a McLaren F1 supercar, making it feel as if you’re driving a race car.
- Every semi comes equipped with the latest Autopilot suite, keeping the truck within a lane and allowing for automatic braking. Onboard sensors detect any signs of jackknifing, adjusting power to the individual wheels to maintain a steady ride.
- Estimates put the starting price at approximately $200,000, about twice that of a regular semi.
With such performance figures, truckers lining up against ageing exotic supercars and many modern performance cars at the drag strip will become a common occurrence.
The Tesla Semi looks and sounds cool, doesn’t it? Production is expected to begin in 2019.