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The New Electrical Supertruck Arrives

The New Electrical Supertruck Arrives

Effectively, after his latest shock announcement that such a factor even existed, Elon Musk and Tesla have introduced and demonstrated their new electrical “heavy rig” truck.

What does this imply for issues like haulage and transferring firms?

The unique announcement

A couple of months again, Musk made certainly one of his well-known “oh, in passing… ” kind bulletins. This delivered the information, with all of the razzmatazz and drama that may be anticipated of somebody saying “oh, I feel it’s going to rain tomorrow“, that he can be shortly exhibiting an all-electric and high-tech haulage rig.

Nearly all of the business pundits have been shocked and excited. Some have been vastly sceptical that this was attainable within the few brief months between Musk’s announcement and his goal date for the truck being offered to the world.

As normal, Tesla proved these latter unsuitable – together with what was pure theatrics when similtaneously unveiling the truck, a model new Tesla electrical supercar appeared from inside it – once more to the shock of nearly everybody.

Nevertheless, let’s not discuss in regards to the automotive additional right here!

On the time of writing (Nov 2017) the truck in lots of respects has exceeded expectations.


Externally, the tractor and trailer do not look THAT totally different. Certain, there’s some streamlining and that not solely improves the aerodynamics but in addition simply makes it look quite a bit prettier than most.

It is actually within the cab that the massive visible variations are seen. After all, as you would possibly count on, it is full of expertise together with cameras, computer systems and show screens – together with radar. It additionally comes with armoured glass which apparently will not shatter or crack.

The obvious distinction although is that the driving force’s seat is in the midst of the cab, to not one facet of it. It is also distinctive in that each the driving force and passenger can stand upright within the cab.

All issues advised, in case you embody inside cab look, this truck appears to be like critically totally different.


The figures quoted by Tesla have but to be independently verified however they embody some fairly staggering claims:

  • 500 miles (805k) between recharges
  • Quick recharging expertise
  • 0-60mph (96kph) in 5 seconds (with out trailer). This goes to twenty seconds when pulling a mortgage of 80,000Lbs (about 36,000k).

After all, all this comes with zero or subsequent to zero emissions.

It appears to be like a beautiful proposition.


As with all issues Tesla, their innovation is second to none however generally the applying and practicality will be challenges.

For instance, Tesla admits that, to place it bluntly, it is received into a multitude with a few of its automotive manufacturing. They’ve greater than cracked the expertise and advertising and marketing (folks need their automobiles) however what they’re fighting is the sordid and maybe to them boring bit – i.e. mass manufacturing.

So, manufacturing delays and lacking targets have turn into one thing they’re nearly as well-known for as their revolutionary approaches.

As some are declaring, the truck is meant to enter manufacturing in late 2019 however there’s little at hand to date on numbers and even costs. So, there’s an enormous unknown there.

Others are declaring that, maybe a bit of like the unique Nikola Tesla, they might be risking a dilution of their focus throughout too many radically totally different traces of R&D. The danger being that their general business affect turns into degraded, as they’re principally making an attempt to do an excessive amount of on the one time.

Proper now, Musk seems to be driving ahead huge improvements in home electrical energy manufacturing, electrical automobiles, electrical highway haulage, aviation, trans-continental high-speed tube transport schemes, orbital and even deep-space journey. There are clearly synergies between a few of these endeavours however some individuals are questioning whether or not that is all an excessive amount of for anyone firm or man to maintain on high of.


The world is already a greater place for Tesla and Elon Musk. This new truck appears to be a part of that but it surely might want to make an actual affect on the highway and in numbers if the corporate and its ideas are to realize credibility on this area.

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The New Electrical Supertruck Arrives

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