Elon Musk rolled as much as a Tesla press occasion tonight in an electrical semi truck, unveiling his newest venture to the world. The semi has been hotly anticipated since Musk first hinted at it final summer time, and he’s been hyping it up on Twitter this week, promising that the reveal would “blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.”
The semi truck is the most recent addition to Musk’s imaginative and prescient of an all-electric world, the place vehicles, vans, and houses are all powered by clear vitality.
What’s up with this electrical truck?
Well, it’s a semi truck… however with a battery as a substitute of diesel tank. It’s automated, and it has no gasoline engine or transmission, so it ought to theoretically require much less upkeep than a standard truck.
It’s additionally constructed on the bones of the Model Three—there are two Model Three engines driving every of the rear axles, Model Three-style press-in handles on the doorways, and two Model Three screens within the cab—so there’s lots of continuity between Tesla’s vehicles and its new truck.
Speaking on stage, Musk described the specs of the semi truck: The car has a 500 mile vary, can go from Zero-60 MPH in 5 seconds (and in 20 seconds whereas carrying 80,000 kilos). “We designed the Tesla truck to be more like a bullet,” Musk stated.
How luxe is the cab of the truck?
In protecting with Tesla’s consideration to design, the inside of the truck is faaancy. The cab has full standing room and the motive force’s seat is positioned within the heart (somewhat than off to the left), which is meant to supply higher visibility. The seat is flanked on both facet by contact screens that present blind spot monitoring and navigation.
Musk informed Rolling Stone lately that a number of the truck’s luxurious options may really harm gross sales. “Probably no one will buy it because of this,” he joked, referencing what the journal known as “a driver-comfort feature.”
“But if you’re going to make a product, make it beautiful. Even if it doesn’t affect sales, I want it to be beautiful,” he added.
But the inside structure isn’t nearly driver consolation—the truck additionally comes with monitoring options for use by a fleet supervisor for routing, monitoring, and scheduling.
Is there any of Tesla’s self-driving tech in it?
Yup. The truck isn’t totally autonomous, however it does have Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot system, which incorporates automated emergency braking, lane detection, and lane departure warnings.
“I can drive this thing and I have no idea how to drive a semi,” stated Musk.
The truck has a couple of different automated security options, too. Exterior cameras badist minimize down on blind spots and support with object detection. It additionally comes geared up with sensors that may detect instability and regulate every wheel individually to stop jackknifing. “Jackknifing is impossible. The worst nightmare is gone—gone—with this truck,” stated Musk.
Is the Supercharger community going to increase?
Musk boasts that its semi has 400 miles of vary after 30 min of charging. “By the time you are done with your break, the truck is ready to go. You will not be waiting for your truck to charge,” he stated.
One of the large questions hanging over this launch is how a whole fleet of electrical vans would cost. Tesla at the moment has over 2,000 Supercharger stations, which may energy up a Model S in lower than an hour. But it’s not clear if that community may help the addition of 1000’s of vans.
The firm is at the moment working to increase its Supercharger community, so hopefully there will likely be sufficient stations to accommodate the vans by the point they begin displaying up on the street.