Future predictions about the transportation industry have always been a hot topic. What will transportation look like 20, 50, even 100 years from now? We see movies with the hover packs, flying cars, and space travel predictions all the time. These images may be a little far-fetched for the modern day, but electric and self-driving vehicles are not. These types of futuristic vehicles are common at Tesla.
The news has been buzzing about electric cars and the impact they have on safety and sustainability. Self-driving semi trucks are a new subject. In 2017, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, revealed the Tesla Semi. “A truck that will blow our minds out of our skulls,” stated Musk. These trucks offer the technology to be a game changer for truck drivers and the trucking industry.
Offering many new features, this truck will provide many advantages for drivers and carriers such as:
- The ability to travel 500 miles before needing a recharge.
- The feel of a sports car due to how it is designed.
- The ability to go from 0 to 60 mph, fully loaded, in 20 seconds.
- The ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, unloaded.
- The ability to regain 400 miles with just 30 minutes of charge.
- Reduced recharge prices compared to diesel.
Tesla Semi also provides a safer experience for drivers. The truck was built with sensors to help keep it in its’ lane. Jackknifing is also reduced with sensors that can apply ranges of torque to the steering and brakes. Surround cameras placed on the truck reduce blind spots, providing a safer environment for truck drivers and commuters.
Tesla has revolutionized an industry that has been stagnant on equipment design and improvement. These trucks will provide a better impact on the environment and cut costs for shippers. Tesla states that carriers will save approximately $200,000 a year on refueling charges. Production is set to start on the Tesla Semi in 2019.