Tesla Semi Acceleration Blows Away Chevy Volt: Video


Now that’s one quick semi.

Typically, when one pulls on an on-ramp behind a semi, you slow your roll. That’s because a normal semi is rather slow to accelerate.

That’s apparently not the case when it comes to the Tesla Semi.

A massive Tesla Semi is just too much for the Chevy Volt. The Semi quickly out accelerates the Volt on the on-ramp and even a Model X barely can keep pace.

This video clip, taken from within a Tesla Model X, shows the near insane level of acceleration of the Tesla Semi. In a flash, it pulls away from the Volt, leaving it in the dust.

Officially, specs for the Tesla Semi list the following:

  • Acceleration 0-60 mph with 80K lbs load – 20 sec
  • Speed up a 5% Grade – 65 mph
  • Mile Range – 300 or 500 miles
  • Powertrain – 4 Independent Motors on Rear Axles
  • Energy Consumption – Less than 2 kWh / mile
  • Fuel Savings – $200,000+
  • Expected Base Price (300 mile range) – $150,000
  • Expected Base Price (500 mile range) – $180,000
  • Base Reservation – $20,000
  • Expected Founders Series Price – $200,000
  • Founders Series Reservation – $200,000
    * Prices displayed in USD. International pricing will vary.

Video description:

The Tesla Semi’s acceleration smokes the freeway on-ramp.

In my Model 75D Uncorked I had to put the pedal down to catch back up.

This clip is from my spotting of the Tesla Semi’s in their first commercial run from the Tesla Gigafactory to the Tesla Fremont Factory.

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“A massive Tesla Semi is just too much for the Chevy Volt. The Semi quickly out accelerates the Volt on the on-ramp and even a Model X barely can keep pace.”

Dumbest claim ever!!!

The person who made the video to make the claim must failed math and physics 101.

There is no way anyone know if the Volt was under full acceleration. Also, when the car stopped for a 1 second and then the Tesla stopped for almost 2 seconds and have to catch up to the semi doesn’t mean a thing about how quick the semi was accelerating.

Why are so many dumb people posting dumb stuff on youtube? I guess that is fine. But why does Inside EV have to cover those dumb video?

Not to mention the fact the original video never made any claims about Semi blowing away the Volt. It was just very quick. It is INSIDE EV’s writer who made this ridiculous and completely stupid comment out of nowhere.

I was under the impression he was having a bit of fun and being sarcastic. It’s clearly not a racing video of any sort. Poking fun at the various claims made by some YouTubers videos if you will.

I would rather doubt that the Volt was full throttle.I own one and know better.

A Tesla Semi with an empty trailer WILL beat a Chevy Volt zero to sixty.

You know this how? Oh, nevermind, your login name of “Peabrain” explains it…

I think it’s fair to say the video shows far better than average semi acceleration. Beyond that, I dunno. Maybe Tesla will appease us one of these days and offer one up for these 1-on-1 race videos.

Tesla is charging $400 per kWh for stationary storage, price in vehicle is around $700 per kWh. At 2kWh/mile x 500 miles, that is a 1,000 kWh battery! Should put MSRP between $400k and $700k (closer to $700k) for the 500 mile range. Unless we are to assume this is many years out…

I think it is more like 2 miles/kWh unloaded and maybe 1 mile/kWh loaded at ideal condition.

Even at 1 mile per kWh fully loaded to 8,000 lbs, you would be at around 4,000 lbs of batteries for 500 kWh @ 250 watts/kg. That seems like not a lot of available loading.

You forgot a 0. GVW for a regular semi is about 80,000 lbs.

Maximum of 80,000 lbs exactly, not merely “about”.

A diesel engine weighs in at about 3200#. I should know, I’ve transported enough of them @ 12 per load from the Cummins NY assembly in Jamestown. Add in the weight of the transmission, and we’re talking another 2K at least on your average tractor.

Having said that, it’s possible this truck is either empty, or carrying a light load. I’d like to see acceleration with a 45K# load. Bobtailing in my tractor, I can hump it nearly as quickly off the line as any car. The same applies with an MT trailer. Just an FYI, a typical load from a Wally World DC fleet truck comes in at around 35K# on the average, and rarely travels more than two hundred miles to a store. The Tesla semi is an absolutely perfect vehicle for Walmart. Charge at DC, charge at store. No wonder Walmart is keen on these tractors.

Typical sleeper tractor runs up to 20K#. Day cab (no sleeper), about 16K or 17K. Trailers run about 10000#, whether it’s dry, reefer, bulk tanker, or flat bed/low boy, etc.

Back in the 90s, I raced my 5-speed Escort GT against a bob-tailed semi and lost badly. The Escort had a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds (Motor Trend) and I went up against an experienced skip-shifter in the semi.

It was said to be 2 Miles per kWh, @ 80,000 Pounds Max Gross! Actually it was “<2 kWh / kWh", if you review the Unveiling video.

No. Based on Tesla’s claims, the Tesla Semi Truck must operate at close to 2 miles/ kWh, on average over a run, when loaded. Now, that may be optimistic, and it may be only under optimal conditions. But the real-world performance has to be a lot closer to 2 miles/ kWh than to 1 mile/ kWh when loaded, or Tesla won’t find any customers.

I highly doubt they can hit those figures as my winter efficiency my Bolt has been as low as 2m/kWh. Based on a typical 6-8 mpg I think they will be .5 to 1 m/kWh real world at 75mph. Sure they might be slightly more aero than a current truck, but there are huge incentives for all trucks to be efficient. Look at the aero devices they already have on the trailers. When you have big fleets, even small increases add up.

“But the real-world performance has to be a lot closer to 2 miles/ kWh than to 1 mile/ kWh when loaded, or Tesla won’t find any customers.”

If Model X can barely do 1miles/kWh while towing a small trailer, then what are the chance that 80,000 lbs Semi would get the similar efficiency when fully loaded?

Two flaws.
1) You are basing the battery cost on what they charge others, not what it costs them. There are a lot of costs that the vehicle battery wouldn’t have that is included in that price, not to mention profit margins. Margins for high demand might I add as they are currently focused on vehicle battery production last time I checked.
2) Not sure where you are getting that number from, but it seems outdated. Saw I reference to that, but the article was 2 years old, wouldn’t surprise me if battery per kWh costs dropped 25-50% in that time.

Yeah, the numbers he cited are seriously out of date. Tesla’s pack-level costs for their vehicles are probably less than $125/kWh now, and from what Elon has said, they probably hope to have it down to not much above $100/kWh by the time the Semi Truck goes into production.

“$700 per kWh.” Stop making stuff up.

“…price in vehicle is around $700 per kWh.”

2010 called. They want their over-estimates of BEV battery pack prices back!

All below comments transpose the numbers.
It’s not 2 miles/kw, it’s 2kw/mile.
Most likely at empty. More like 8kw/mile loaded.

the fact that tesla has bragged about the take off speed of the truck as an amazing thing should tell you something. they have no idea of the things that matter for the trucking industry. they are hyping this from a stand point of being annoyed behind a semi. as a truck driver, I dont care that it takes off fast, in fact I dont want it to. I already need to worry about the load shifting front and side to side. uphill? another story.

tesla other problem is they are not focusing on infrastructure. trucking is a matter of mins, every day. I have pulled into a stop with 3 mins on my clock. the computer that takes our time, is based by the min. charging these trucks, even a tiny pilot of 55 spots is going to be massive. think of the electrical supply for a 300 spot truck stop. turnpike service plaza? I can’t call dispatch and say im out of power, or wait how long to get a charging spot… report yesterday said their wall pak is delayed bc of model 3 production. besides that I average 600+ miles a day, pay cut? why not look into something like locomotives have. battery until <30% small engine to charge… just saying

Tesla Semi will report direct to dispatch it’s state of charge, so you won’t have to! You won’t be sent out on a 700 mile run, one way, with the 300 Mile range truck!

Most of these Tesla Semi’s will find buyers with 100-200 Mile Runs, one way, from Distribution Centers (DC’s), to Stores, and then back, so just charging at DC’s, initially, using their “Tesla Semi Destination Charging Units”, for overnight charging! (Maybe a 120-150 kW Megacharger Design!)

Later, as High Power Megachargers (Maybe delivering some 1-2 MW per stall!) are starting to get built out, some customers will use them for medium day hauls, of 300-600 miles, or so.

Finally, Tesla will unveil their Sleeper Cab, in their “Over The Road” Semi, and it may be a longer chassis, with 700-800 Miles Range per charge, at Max load.

As Megachargers are built out, and situated at intervals of 250-350 Miles, on Interstate and State Roads, most arguments against this truck will fade.

Tiz a good question
There’s the mega paks that are fitted into 20 and forty foot shipping containers which I suspect will make it to the mega chargers for the trucks, plus while you unload at destination you charge there.
Another thing , the new acquisition of Maxwell technologies and it’s battery tech will speed up battery supply as well as it does away with the drying of certain chemicals involved in battery manufacture. Plus with an initial increase of around 15% in battery power (from around 250kwh per kg to 300kwh\kg ish) density and a road map of up to 500 kwh per kg you won’t be lacking in range for long.
Hope this helps

The first generation of BEV semi tractors aren’t going to be fully competitive with diesel semi tractors for long distance runs. And they don’t need to be, because there is no way Tesla could possibly build enough Semi Trucks to replace all diesel trucks in just a few short years.

It will make sense for some trucking companies to buy the first generation Tesla Semi. For others, it won’t. Over time, as the tech improves, it will make sense for more and more trucking companies to switch over to BEV trucks. It doesn’t need to happen all at once; it can’t happen all at once.

Nice stop at the red light from the camera car!

How is it in the US – a right turn at a red light is always ok? Don’t try that in Europe…

Not always, but in many states, yes — but usually only after you come to a complete stop first. Basically, treat the turn as if there was a stop sign there.

If needed, intersections may have explicit signage “no right on red” (in a right-on-red state) or “right on red” (in a no-right-on-red state). So, you can’t take that it is allowed (or disallowed) for granted.

I’m an American living in Europe. I miss really good all beef burgers with all the makings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, jalapenos optional, mustard and mayonnaise). Grilled hot dogs from Top Dog in Berkeley and turning right on a red light. Europe’s solution is roundabouts (in some countries called a circus). Of the two I prefer Europe’s system but the worst of all is a State in the U.S. where right turn on red is illegal. It just disrupts traffic and contributes to CO2 emissions.

I want that 30 seconds back.

Well this was a waste of a minute of my life.

Ehh.. maybe a semi-waste.


The Chevy Volt 0-60 is 6 seconds, not 20 seconds.

I thought it was more like 7.5.

Did the Semi had a “load” in It’s trailer? or was it empty?

It didn’t have a load on.

And why did the camera car cut off the Bolt? That’s being inconsiderate.

Those kinds of in-ramps are normal in California. Although rude, it is possible to pass someone on the other lane. Also that was a Volt, not a Bolt.

Feel like this is titled wrong. It’s a red light and the cars check the light and the volt does not even try. Not saying that the power of the semi is not great but the volt does not try.

Old video, old news. This is what 9 months old?

I wonder how many orders Tesla ha now for the semi?

It’s kinda surreal to see a semi accelerate so quickly. It must have been mind blowing in person.

Lol bogus video.
Tesla semi 0 to 60 20 seconds
Chevy Volt 0 to 60 7 seconds
Even my electric Smart 451 does 0 to 60 in 8 seconds.

Indeed ! 🙂

Bogus video.
Tesla semi 0 to 60 20 seconds.
Chevy Volt 0 to 60 7 seconds.

… the Chevy Volt is not trying

I’m sold. I’m getting a Tesla Semi instead of a gen 2 Volt.