ELON MUSK UNVEILS TESLA SEMI
It was at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters near Los Angeles that Tesla chose to do the show, revealing the Tesla Semi. In front of a conquered crowd of Tesla owners and future buyers, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of the company, unveiled his new toy: a big electric truck. Tesla is therefore tackling a new frontier of “green” road transport with a futuristic semitrailer.
Called Tesla Semi, this truck was designed to be “aerodynamic like a ball,” says Elon Musk. The new semi-trailer, with 4 independent wheels and as many engines, detonates compared to traditional trucks by its profile, clean lines and bodywork in dark colors matte or metallic. It accelerates from 0 to almost 100 km / h in just 5 seconds, promised the visionary. The Semi also has a range of 800 km (500 miles) “loaded to its maximum weight and highway speed,” said Elon Musk.
The streamlined look of the Tesla semi truck is made possible by the battery pack mounted under the floor of the cab, and the driver’s seat mounted significantly more forward than of those the Freightliner or International trucks. Behind the cab, the two rear axles have electric motors attached on either side, for four in total. They also come off of existing Tesla models. The design gives the Tesla semi truck a lower center of gravity than diesel-powered models, something the company has said about its cars relative to rivals with internal combustion engines.
Tesla has also added not one, but two of its favorite in-cabin vehicle features to the Semi: Touchscreens. These are positioned on either side of the driver and offer navigation information, blind spot monitoring, and trip data logging applications. There’s also a suite of fleet management and routing tools, which Tesla says would ordinarily require third-party add-on hardware to incorporate into a car. (Source and image: Tesla)
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