Tesla Announces New Electric Semi Trucks and Big Companies Are Already Lining Up for Preorders

Tesla Semi Trucks Electric Transportation

With nearly 2 million semi-trucks in the United States alone, Tesla is venturing to make an environmentally friendly dent in the market. Using his trademark flair, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric semi-truck at a splashy event that saw an 18-wheeler hauled out on stage. With a 500-mile range and streamlined design, Tesla is looking to revolutionize the way goods are hauled across the country.

Impressively, the Tesla semi can reach up to 60 mph in 5 seconds without a trailer, and with an 80,000-pound load can make that speed in 20 seconds. To put this into perspective, it takes a diesel semi-truck about one minute while hauling a similar load. Musk also stated that with just 30 minutes of charging on the company's new Megachargers, the semi can go 400 miles.

In terms of design, the Tesla electric semi was designed with the comfort of the driver in mind. There is full standing room within the cabin and center driving for increased visibility. Two touchscreens help monitor blind spots, give access to navigation, and provide electronic data logging. It's also possible to travel as a convoy, with several Tesla semis following a lead semi across long distances autonomously.

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Increased safety was also a concern, with Musk stating that jackknifing would be nearly impossible due to two independent motors that can adjust torque. This also means that the roll risk is also greatly reduced. And while Tesla isn't the first company to market electric semi-trucks—Cummins and Daimler have also announced plans—they are already making headway with big companies and plan to go into production in 2019.

Just a few days after the big event, Walmart announced that they preordered 15 Tesla semis with Canadian grocery chain Loblaw also stating that they'd put the $5,000 deposit down for 25 of their own. With businesses anxious to show that they are doing their part to lower emissions, it will be interesting to see who else jumps aboard in the coming year.

Elon Musk presented the new Tesla electric semi truck, which goes into production in 2019.

Tesla Semi Trucks Electric Transportation
Tesla Semi Trucks Electric Transportation

Tesla Semi Trucks Electric Transportation

Tesla Electric Semi Trucks

Tesla Electric Semi Trucks

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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