Tesla’s automotive President Jerome Guillen shared a recently posted photo of the Semi alongside a few traditional vehicle delivery trucks on LinkedIn. Due to its futuristic architecture, spacious cabin and centered driving console, Tesla’s long-hauler certainly looks like it came from the future.
While the Semi has been seen over the years in numerous locations, it was rarely pictured alongside more conventional long haul vehicles. This made it very difficult to see how physically the Tesla Semi was relative to its competition. That’s, at least, before the latest LinkedIn post by Jerome Guillen, which represented the Semi alongside the very vehicles it’s supposed to replace.
Guillen posted with a caption on the picture of the Semi, saying, “Quick respite after strong Q2 deliveries. The space alien did come to rescue the dinosaurs.” The Automotive President did not clarify what his caption was for, but he seemed to refer to the Semi and its more traditional counterparts, as well as the part that the all-electric truck played in Tesla’s recent quarter drive.
A look at the recently shared image highlights the wide and spacious cabin of the Semi, particularly when compared to the two conventional trucks alongside it. In addition to offering drivers a commanding view of the road and outstanding visibility, the Semi’s wraparound windshield gives the all-electric truck a strikingly futuristic feel. The central driving role of the Semi, which in its own way is non-pologetically futuristic, binds the look of the vehicle together.
Ultimately, Guillen’s post illustrates a popular trend in Tesla’s history: the steady shift from tried and tested conventions on fossil fuel to the promise that sustainable alternatives bring. The Tesla Semi could, after all, solve several of the problems that today plague the trucking industry. Tesla Semi, for example, is making driving trucks a little safer with its Convoy Mode.
Past studies have shown that it has been difficult to attract drivers in the trucking industry late given good pay, mainly because some drivers are not willing to take on the health risks posed by the work. The Tesla Semi, with its zero-emission design and features like Convoy Mode, which could encourage driving, alleviates some of that danger.
Tesla has carried out road tests for the Semi since the all-electric Class 8 truck was introduced back in late 2017. Tesla’s two Semi designs have since been put through the paces. The red-wrapped device has recently also been spotted undergoing winter testing at Tesla’s Alaska plant.
A recent email from Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Semi is on track to soon reach volume production. Given that Musk has been optimistic enough to push the Semi into volume production, the final requirements and design of the all-electric Class 8 truck are likely to be ironed out if not already.
The Tesla Semi has been released with a range of either 300 or 500 miles, but Elon Musk has indicated that the long hauler production version may have a range closer to 600 miles. With Tesla Battery Day tentatively planned for September, Musk’s claims regarding Semi’s range of output could very well prove accurate.
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