Finally the Tesla Semi Truck, with a range of 500 miles, will be shipped this year, according to a tweet from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk.
Tesla Semi Truck’s Background Information
To move industries away from heavy reliance on fossil fuels, Musk introduced the prototype of the Tesla Semi Truck in 2017. With its production starting in 2019, Tesla Semi Truck has a semi-autonomous driving system designed for long-haul trucking. When hauling on a full load, it can reach 60 mph in 20 seconds (quicker than most diesel trucks).
Also, Tesla Semi Truck’s 500 miles range on a single charge is higher than double the range of the Daimler eCascadia, the current longest-range (230 miles) electric truck on the market.
The Tesla Semi Truck substantially decreases operational costs. According to Tesla’s estimates, it will cost $1.26 per mile to operate the Tesla Semi, compared to $1.51 per mile for a diesel truck. To learn more about detailed outlook on diesel prices in the US, click here.
Since the company began taking orders for semi trucks in 2017, some prominent orders include companies like UPS, PepsiCo, and Walmart.
The originally set Tesla Semi price of $180,000 sounds quite expensive; however, Tesla claims that the truck could offer fuel savings of over $200,000 with a two-year payback period.
Tesla Semi Specs
|Energy Consumption:||less than 2 kWh/mile|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph:||~20 seconds|
|Rear axles:||3 independent motors|
|Fast Charging:||up to 70% of range in 30 minutes|
|Fuel Savings:||up to $200,000|
|Estimated battery capacity (based on range and energy consumption):||600 kWh or 1,000 kWh (1 MWh)|
|Electrical System:||800 volt|
Why It Took So Long for Tesla Semi to be Released
Owing to the supply chain issues, the Tesla Semi Truck’s had to face significant production delays, and Tesla stated earlier in an SEC filing, “Due to the limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges, we have shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022.”
Latest Developments: Tesla Semi Truck
Tesla’s website was updated after ages with new specifications and new holds on pre-orders. Tesla had lately released a very short but high production quality video of the tesla semi on Instagram stories showing two-tesla semis cruising down the highway and pulling up to the mega charger station at Giga, Nevada.
Not to forget, many significant changes have been made to Tesla websites that reflect new features and specifications for the Tesla Semi. Interestingly, the first feature is that the power train has been modified from four independent motors on the original release down to three independent motors on the new update.
Another interesting thing to note is range and charging. The original truck was said to have 300-500 miles of range and could recharge 400 miles of range in 30 minutes. However, the updated version is slightly different, as it says approximately 300 or 500 miles and then lists fast charging of up to 70% of range in 30 minutes which would be 350 miles on a 500-mile battery.
Tesla still lists the battery consumption at less than 2 kWh per mile when fully loaded with 82,000 lb. So, at 500 miles of range, the battery pack will be less than 1 MWh of capacity.
Assuming that the number is close to 2 without any noticeable change in the data, so if we recharge 75% of the 1MWh battery, that means 700KWh energy needs to transfer from charger to semi in 30 minutes which would require an average power flow of 1.4MW.
However, EV charging doesn’t happen at a consistent rate. It starts off high and then tapers off as the battery pack fills up. So the initial peak charging rate will need to surpass 1.5MW to around 2 or 3MW, which is a great amount of power. Tesla markets 70%; perhaps they mean that only the 300-mile battery can charge that fast. That would require significantly less power output from the charger to a more realistic level, but this would essentially mean that the 500-mile battery would have to charge much more slowly.
Another noticeable difference is changes to the price and reservations. For instance, pricing information has been removed from the Tesla Semi web page. Unsurprisingly, this is due to inflation that has gone a bit over average when that price of $180,000 was originally set. But Joe Biden’s inflation reduction Act can impact prices.
This brings new $40,000 tax credit for commercial electric vehicles weighing over 14,000 pounds or 30% of the vehicle’s cost (whichever is less). The Tesla Semi Truck would likely qualify for this incentive which means Tesla would be free to increase the cost of the Semi by at least $40,000 without affecting the real cost to the consumer. Something GM has already shamelessly done.
Are Tesla Semi Reservations Open?
Tesla Semi Reservations are currently closed.
Interior Renderings of Tesla Semi
There are new interior renderings in the Tesla Semi from the driver’s perspective. The interior is almost the same as the original prototype vehicle. However, some interesting features are an upgraded steering wheel with the capacity touch controls from the Model S and Model X Yoke. The dual monitor setup looks the same with live blind spot monitoring cameras, maps, and vehicle information. Also, the symmetrical design with the driver in the center of the cab looks amazing.
FSD Beta 10.69 Update
Tesla has began rolling out the FSD Beta 10.69 update to a limited number of testers. But these features come with a price hike as Tesla plans to raise FSD’s Beta’s price to $15,000 once the update numbered 10.69 rolls out. Musk, in a tweet, explained the new updates that aim to improve object detection, safer unprotected left turn, and much more.
Interestingly, this is the second price hike after the last price hike from $10,000 to $12,000 in January 2022. Besides inflation, one of the primary reasons for the price hike is that Musk announced that as the software becomes more capable, the higher its price will be.