Electrification of the Trucking Industry
The creator of Tesla Elon Musk tells us that the traditional 18 – wheeler is one of his next targets.
“I’m guessing it will weigh 32,000 pounds, haul enough cargo to build part of a house, and glide silently down the road. The only sound you’ll hear is the horn blasting.”
We have seen Elon’s “Master Plan” grow from a roadster to the model S, Model X to now the release of the Model 3 is coming up this summer. He is not stopping there, Tesla will be releasing a number of more vehicles including a Semi Truck.
There are over 130 million trucks currently on the road today, and they are a huge contributor to the massive overload of vehicles on the highways. This leads to large amounts of congestion in the major cities and CO2 gas pumping out on stand still roadways.
First this would be a significant step away from fossil fuels and more efficient use of power. The electric semi truck is only using power when it is moving. Paired with the every expanding supercharger network with an wider network of recharging stations specifically meant for trucks the semi would be able to make trips anywhere in the united states.
The Tesla Semi would also be able to use the same autonomous driving sensors that they are designing for all their vehicles. This includes collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control increasing its safety and convenience.
The largest selling point for these trucks in the savings on transportation costs. This is accomplished with how the power is distributed. So if Tesla can set up an infrastructure of solar powered charging stations and convince the trucking industry to make higher upfront capital investments we might see consumers demanding these sustainable energy Semi’s
Next thing we need to see is a working Semi that obtains the amount of torque required for transporting loads to their destinations. So far we have not seen an electric car with enough power to pull a heavy load at highway speeds. Combustion trucks use gears and belts to generate the amount of torque required to get these heavy loads to speeds up to 75 Mph which electric engines do not have. If Musk succeeds with might be seeing a dramatic change to safer non CO2 providing trucks filling the interstates soon.