Tesla’s Semi is set to release after a month’s delay at the end of October according to Elon Musk. The Semi is an electric heavy-duty truck which aims change the face of transport industry. Tesla Semi project was headed by Jerome Guillen who was previously the program director for Model S and Vehicle Engineering’s Vice President. Jerome worked as a Diamler executive and led the Cascadia truck development program successfully before joining Tesla. The CEO Elon Musk believes that this truck could cut the operation costs by 70 percent. He tweeted that the Semi is an unreal beast and invited people to see it in person for the unveiling and test ride scheduled on October 26 in Hawthorne, California.
The commercial industry seems interested in Tesla’s Semi as it could significantly reduce the transportation costs. But analysts are still unsure if the electric truck would be able to travel around a 1000 miles with a single charge. Also, the truck should feature a large enough battery so that it can carry heavy loads comfortably without reducing mileage. A few reports claim that Tesla’s Semi may have a mileage of 200 to 300 miles on a single charge. In that case, the Semi would be better suited for intercity transport instead being used for long distance hauls.
Self-driving and combined Semi systems:
Tesla initially wanted to release the semi-truck in September but it got late as company plans doing things differently. They have added enhanced electrification features along with autonomous driving systems which increase the safety and efficiency of trucks. Tesla says that these systems could replace the need for drivers altogether in the near future. While Tesla’s vehicles come with the ability to update their software, they are still facing a tough competition from larger companies. Alphabet’s Waymo which were previously Google self-drive systems and Uber’s research projects aim to produce similar driver less technologies for vehicles.
In August, some leaked interaction between Tesla and vehicle regulators revealed Tesla’s plan to test lorries in a platoon. These road trains could be much easier for long haul purposes and require less force to move. This is because while moving together, the aerodynamic impact is bore by the front lorry and the remaining lorries don’t require much energy to follow. The Department for Transport announced that self-driving lorries will be tested in platoons on the motorways of England. The UK government has also said that they will ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 in order to reduce air pollution and to force manufacturers to opt for other sustainable fuel sources.