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A Semi Truck that Accelerates Like a Sports Car?

NBC News reports that on November 16th, Tesla unveiled a semi that it claims is poised to change the trucking industry as we know it! Yes, we're talking about an electric semi, a concept that seems as radical as a motorized tricycle to some, yet one that Tesla feels pretty darned confident about. Why? In an era when global warming is at the forefront of political discussion the world over, they point out that the average diesel-engine semi sucks down a lot of fuel since the average big rig averages only 5-7 miles per gallon. And with more than 2/3 of all U.S. freight being delivered by truck, the semi-truck industry gets blamed for contributing a whole lot of greenhouse gas causing emissions even as it pulls off the seemingly impossible task of keeping American retail businesses in business.

The Tesla electric semi can go 500 miles on a single charge, which is roughly half of what the average semi can go on a full tank. That said, Tesla execs point out that it is enough to cover many if not most heavy-duty assignments, which average 250 miles or so.

The electric vehicle giant also has plans to set up its own network of what it calls "Megacharger stations" across the contiguous U.S., so that a trucker can stop every eight hours on average, take a half-hour break and recharge for another 400 or so miles.

The electric semi-truck has four motors driving the four back wheels of the cab, which Tesla claims gives it a sports car-like ability to accelerate when hauling 80,000 pounds from 0 to 60 in 20 seconds compared with the more than 1 minute it takes most diesel-powered full loaded semis to get there today.  

Tesla also promises that the electric giant will last for more than a million miles, will have an operating cost that's 10 percent lower than the average diesel-powered semi, and be low-maintenance to-boot.

We'll see what kind of a reception it gets from real-life truck drivers when it hits the market sometime in 2019!

In the meantime, if your dependable diesel-powered semi needs parts or service, or if you're in the market for a used semi or trailer, be sure to contact us at Michigan Truck Sales!

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