Tesla Posts New Video Of Semi Driving

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JUN 23 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 18

Tesla has been on a video-posting roll as of late and now we get a new look at the Tesla Semi driving.

Not long ago, we pointed out that news and announcements surrounding the electric Semi and Roadster 2020 have been slim at Tesla as of late. This is due to the plethora of flamethrower-related Model 3-related news that is dominating media coverage.

Tesla is working to hit the 5,000-per-week target in the coming weeks, which required building a “tent”  and fabricating a new production line with “scrap” to produce AWD and Performance Model 3s. Not to mention plenty of conversation related to the 200,000 threshold and the federal EV tax credit.

Nonetheless, Tesla released a massive new set of Model S and Model X videos this week, and now the automaker has posted a new video of its Semi prototype with trailer heading across San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge on its way to Santa Rosa. Aside from its futuristic facade, the semi looks at home on local roads and traffic.

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” fabricating a new production line with “scrap” to produce AWD and Performance Model 3s. ”

Elon is genius. Fabricating production line from scrap. Saving good amount of moneys.

The production line you speak of is the hand final assembly line Tesla was using last year for the first couple thousand Model 3’s, it is just now outside in a tent. As I understand in the biggest bottleneck is now the paint shop, at 3K+ per week, and as they approach 4K+ per week the Body In White (weld line) becomes is the bottleneck. They are a long ways from sustained 5K per week production.

The Semi looks good for the monthly photo op, I just wonder why they are not actually testing it on real routes,with real loads? What you see in the video thats a set up photo op where they stopped the traffic to set up the shot, thats not really meaningful testing. Just a PR stunt.

@David Green said: “I just wonder why they are not actually testing it on real routes,with real loads?…”
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Tesla currently is…

“Tesla Semi Will Transport Cargo Between Fremont And Gigafactory”:
https://insideevs.com/tesla-semi-cargo-transport-fremont-gigafactory/

“Tesla Semi Makes Its First Delivery Run”:
https://insideevs.com/tesla-semi-makes-its-first-delivery-run/

Tesla will soon be adding additional units of Tesla Semi (updated design) to the test fleet in addition to installing Semi Superchargers stations at two well known truck-stops along the route. The Semi Superchargers at the Sparks Gigafactory will be solar powered.

Commercial Semi Trucking will end up transitioning to EV quicker than consumer cars… the significant operating cost advantages will drive that transition… trucking is a very competitive space where a few points in cost can make or break staying in business.

Electric power is much more stable cost wise relative to diesel… that’s a big deal.

Not so sure about electric power being more stable than diesel fuel costs in the long run. My super off peak rates used to be 9 cents/kWh just a couple years ago. Now it is about 14 cents. So over a 40% increase in just a couple years. Those who tout solar have to be aware of the scale needed to power electric cars. Just one Supercharger station with 10 stalls can draw over 1MW. This would require about 3000 solar panels by itself. Or about an acre of solar panel surface area, just to power that one super charger station!, and only during limited daytime hours..

@Warren said: “Not so sure about electric power being more stable than diesel fuel costs in the long run. My super off peak rates used to be 9 cents/kWh just a couple years ago. Now it is about 14 cents. So over a 40% increase in just a couple years…”
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Yes cost of electricity has fluctuations but has been more stable than diesel.

“Average Electricity Prices Are Very Stable Compared To Gasoline Or Diesel” source:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/insideevs.com/average-electricity-prices-are-very-stable-compared-to-gasoline-or-diesel/amp/

“…Electricity is less expensive than gasoline and EVs are more efficient than gasoline vehicles. Electricity prices are also generally much more stable than gasoline prices. On a national average, it costs less than half as much to travel the same distance in an EV than a conventional vehicle….” source:

https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/saving-fuel-and-vehicle-costs

They made one run from the factory, that was some time ago. No info how long it took, how many times they needed to revharge etc.

There have been reports (or at least rumors) of Tesla loaning out the prototypes for testing by commercial freight companies. But those are almost certainly being done under NDAs, so no news reports about that testing.

Have they shopped the colours, or are there new prototypes on the road?

All the actual photos are of the two prototypes, the silver one and the black one. Most of the pictures are CGI renders.

I wonder if they could get an experimental exemption from the regulators to use cameras instead of those aero-destroying traditional mirrors?

I doubt it. Regulators across the globe have consistently said no.

Audi also tries to get the regulators to change so they can offer the Audi e-tron with cameras. Maybe they can be coaxed to allow cameras when there is still a backup mirror, but the mirror can then be smaller?

Or, Retractable Mirrors! Their Door Handles retract flush, maybe the mirrors could, too?

I like that idea. It will also help if something goes wrong with a camera.

That’s actually a better idea, but at this point they are just ideas, regulators have to come up with something, not us

@Vexhar: Audi will use camera mirrors in Europe and China

No exemption for street-legal vehicles in the USA, but apparently there are European countries which issue exemptions in some cases. The same issue came up with the VW XL1, which is sold in Europe but not the USA for that reason.

However, I don’t know that even European countries will issue an exemption for commercial vehicles, and obviously the production Tesla Semi Truck is intended to be a commercial vehicle.

Hopefully this situation will change in the near future.

There is not a lot of room from the tires to the curb or tires to the lane line. Excellent place for the computer (AutoPilot) to do its AutoSteer lane centering.
https://i.imgur.com/FLmvQhS.jpg