Announced as the most comfortable and safest truck so far, 2020 Tesla Semi prototype was introduced to the public. Serial production starts in the first part of next year, while the first models are expected to be sold in mid-2019. Given that large investments are needed, there is currently no real competition in the market. In any case, we expect a real competitor from German automaker Daimler AG. First of all, it is foreseen for short distances between cities (about 200 miles). Currently, provided for more than 500 orders on the global market.
It is distinguished by exceptional visibility and aerodynamics characteristics. Of course, all the lights are in LED technology. It will be available with high and low roof versions. The driver’s seat is in the center of the cab, and in front of the driver has two 15-inch touchscreen displays (on both sides). Also has a sleeper cab.
The prototype is made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Unfortunately, specifications of dimensions and weights are not known, but we believe that they will not deviate much from the concept of the vehicle. All in all, this all-electric heavy-duty truck will have a maximum towing capacity of up to 80,000 pounds (36,287 kg).
Built-in four independent electric motors on the rear axle (from Tesla Model 3), combined with 1-speed direct drive transmission. Battery capacity is not yet known. Yet, we expect a lithium-ion battery pack of at least 1000 kWh. The maximum range is 300 or 500 miles (483 or 805 km), and the announced consumption is less than 2 kWh per mile. All in all, in two years it saves $ 200,000. With Tesla’s Mega fast-chargers (probably 1.6 MW), in 30 minutes of charging, it is possible to cross 400 miles (644 km). Also, power and torque have not yet been publish. He is extremely safe in driving, and also has Autopilot. With full load, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph achieve for 20 seconds, while it is completely empty only five seconds. Surely, it sounds incredible.
Finally, depending on the maximum range, the price 2020 Tesla Semi prototype is $ 150,000 (300 miles) or $ 180,000 (500 miles). However, we expect a realistic price of about $ 250,000. It is currently necessary to allocate $ 20,000 for a pre-sale reservation. The first customers are DHL, Norway Asko, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart and PepsiCo.