Saturday, November 18, 2017
Tesla rolls out its electric truck
Elon Musk has rolled out the Tesla electric semi-truck and – no surprise – it’s supercool.
This baby is streamlined, loaded with safety and automation features, able to travel 500 miles fully-loaded on a single charge, and capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds (also fully-loaded).
Will the Tesla truck actually reach production and be competitive with diesel rigs? Predictions differ. What is important, in my view, is that serious manufacturers are vigorously pursuing electric power (Daimler, VW, and Cummins are also in the fray). Decarbonizing the freight sector is a challenge, and frankly one that many of my “freighty” friends don’t yet take seriously. Yet it has to happen, and the sooner the better. (Next stop, hydrogen fuel cell locomotives?)
Thanks to Elon Musk for showcasing this critical new technology!