The Tesla Semi was the spark that lit up green transportation news again this week. Sure, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla is developing custom AI hardware chips, skeptics were forecasting the company’s demise because Model 3 deliveries were slow, and rivals tried to imitate the all-electric car company at the LA Auto Show. But the flame was still kindled and strong whenever conversations turned to the Tesla Semi.
The Semi has the potential to change the trucking industry in a way that no other large transportation vehicle has, with a purchase price tag that the Business Insider describes as — depending on options — anywhere from $150,00 – $180,000. An 80% recharge will finish in 30 minutes, and the single-charge range will reportedly be around 500 miles.
If you’d like to figure for yourself what the cost of a Tesla Semi will be, we suggest that you take a look at this video from Gas2 fav YouTuber Ben Sullins, who’s so good at helping curious minds sort out the Tesla phenomenon.
Tesla Semi Energy Consumption Amounts under Debate
Tesla describes the Semi as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever,” and four independent motors will produce what could be the lowest and most sustainable energy cost of any big rig. But it’s that very Tesla Semi energy consumption that has some in the industry scratching their heads. CEO Elon preened during the introduction of the electric Class 8 truck on November 16 and assured the impatient masses that the Semi will use under 2 kWh of energy for every mile traveled.
The audience nodded, envisioning road conditions of a full load in steady speed operation on level ground. The company would likely use SolarCity solar panels and Tesla Powerpacks as Megachargers. One or even two large storage batteries would zap the Semis with solar energy after they roll into a truck stop at the edge of the charging metropolis.