Things to Know About the Electric Tesla Semi Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is high on the list of movers and shakers being targeted

Production of the truck is expected to begin in 2019; Musk said customers who order now would get the vehicles in two years.

Tesla Semi interior. Image source: Tesla. The newest hauler is a mid-size transport vehicle and gets all the bells and whistles you would expect from a semi-truck, while packing in the autonomous driving technology too. Meijer was not available for further comment.

Musk rattled off Semi statistics aimed at putting diesel trucks to shame.

That makes sense, according to Jerry Hirsch, editor at Trucks.com.

On the morning after the unveiling, trucking and freight company J.B. Hunt announced that it had placed a reservation to buy "multiple Tesla Semi tractors", adding that it plans to use them mainly on the West Coast.

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That's because there still appear to be limitations for how far the Semi can go before being charged. The Semi also comes with regenerative braking for improved brake life, while there is no need to shift gears on this truck, which should make it convenient for drivers. "You can lose two of the four motors and the truck will still keep going", he said. "This is going to spark a change among other manufacturers, radical changes that have been previously resisted".

But Walmart's statement reveals yet another key selling point: Tesla's Semi can help with corporate sustainability efforts, and companies all over the world have committed to reducing emissions and lowering their ecological impact, whether due to internal targets and image considerations, or requirements from regulators and governing bodies. "This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively", said Bruce Clark, a senior vice president and automotive analyst at Moody's.

The "cheaper" Model 3 is what many on Wall Street hope will vault Tesla into the upper echelon of mass market auto makers.

This is very much in keeping with Tesla, which famously put a Bio-weapon Defense Mode in the Model X, which highly filters and scrubs the air in the vehicle so as to seemingly help you survive the movie Outbreak.

Tesla claims the electric costs of the Semi are half that of a traditional diesel semi truck, thanks to fewer systems to maintain (no transmission or brake pads to name a few), providing a number of over $200,000 United States dollars in fuel savings, and a two-year payback period.

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Musk also announced yesterday the launch of his new Roadster, an electric sports auto that he described as a "hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars". The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple and Tesla.

Toyota is testing a hydrogen fuel cell truck as well.

Tesla sold just 222 Model 3s from July through September.

All this competition could become a problem if Tesla can't live up to its production goals.

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