Tesla Semi Drives Down Public Street – Video

Tesla Semi

JAN 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 32

Here we present new video of the Tesla Semi that going down a street somewhere in California – a rare sight. It’s stealthy in its matte black finish.

Tesla Semi (source: Brandon Camargo)

And that somewhat quiet electric powertrain adds to stealthy character.

Even in the short video we can get a sense for the quickness of the Tesla Semi.

Key specs:

  • 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.

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I hope to see the Tesla Semi taking parts and supplies between the Hawthorne California plant and Sparks Nevada GigaFactory soon. That will be real test drives moving parts and being productive.

Hawthorne to GF and back is unlikely. Hawthorne doesn’t need anything from the GF. More likely it will first be pressed into service to haul Model 3 packs from the Sparks GF to the Fremont plant and take parts and raw materials up to the GF on the return-leg. The 500-mile-range semi can do each leg without recharging on-route.

Hawthorn to VAFB, aka SpaceX

I think this truck has the potential to be more important to the world, transportation-wise, than the model 3.

I agree.


No. Electric trucks were done before Tesla and companies are pragmatic, it’s all about total economy and not sentiments.
Just look at the electric buses and how they are easily taking over the world without any Tesla involvement.

The car business on the other hand is all about feelings and the desire that the Model 3 has created is a massive force for the EV market to grow a lot faster than without it.

EV buses do a lot of good but they are bought by government agencies in very small numbers.

Conquering an immensely larger, privately owned, and traditionally conservative industry will be much tougher. That’s why I think the Tesla truck will be more important in the long run than just one model of car that might sell 250k units (my guess) before it’s replaced with something newer and prettier.

“Electric trucks were done before Tesla and companies are pragmatic, it’s all about total economy and not sentiments. Just look at the electric buses and how they are easily taking over the world without any Tesla involvement.” Hmmm, companies like Smith Electrics have shown just the opposite; that trying to market heavy BEV trucks is a very difficult proposition, likely to be a money-loser for the vehicle manufacturer. Before Tesla did the “reveal” of its BEV Semi Truck, the conventional wisdom was that it was years too soon to be talking about a BEV heavy semi tractor which could compete on a level playing field with diesel semi tractors. Now everyone in the industry is talking about it as if it’s a serious possibility. So from that perspective, yes, the Tesla Semi Truck is more important — that is, more of a market-changer — than the Tesla Model 3. It looks like the Tesla Semi Truck may have the same impact on freight trucking as the Tesla Roadster had on the BEV passenger car market. That is, an impact on public perception — and in inspiring other vehicle makers to put their own plug-in EVs into production — all out… Read more »


This looks like the urban haul tractor from the reveal. Note the low cab. The white one from the reveal is the Class 8 line-haul tractor. It’s bigger. There’s a video of someone following the Class 8 kicking around somewhere.

Interesting that the video shows it driving right by a UPS store:)

I could be wrong, but I thought both the Tesla Semi Trucks show at the “reveal” were Class 8 heavy semi tractors, rated for a gross vehicle weight up to 80,000 lbs. I thought the one with the lower roofline was for hauling flatbed trailers and the like, not necessarily for lighter loads.

maybe they are the same truck except battery size and whatever they call that thing on the roof?

Of all the car videos, this one is the most terrifying, reminds me of the terminator.

“There’s no fate but what we make.” 🙂

This dark one reminds me of the truck in “Duel”. Yikes.

Hope those noisy diesel garbage trucks would be gone soon …

Yes, but it won’t help with the noise of the trash cans banging.

Air pollution gets a lot more attention, but noise pollution is important, too. Electric trucks and cars will make a big difference in reducing noise pollution. Hopefully, EVs will cause people to pay more attention to tire and wind noise, as well.

I walked along a road today, and when the cars drive in 60(km/h) and faster, I could almost not hear the differens between the EVs and the ICE cars (Toyotas Volvos and Hyundai and Mitsubishi among others). Road/tire and wind noice was dominant. Surpriced me, since the differens is much larger at low speed. I’ve almost been clipped by a guy in a Leaf two times. He comes around a corner, and there is no sound. Riding my bike to work require more concentration then 7-8 years ago, when there was few EVs.

All Leafs (Leaves?) have low speed noise makers.

They did, but there was a defeat(off) buttong in the pre-2012 LEAF where the driver could turn off the sound. That could possibly be the case here.

Sounds like Knight Rider going by

Oh man!

It would awesome to have a KITT skin for the Tesla center console:

“Michael… we are arriving at the destination. I don’t sense any intruders. But, please be careful.”

Looks the most like the truck Jeremy Clarkson drove on the Top Gear truck driver episode

It’s quiet……..too quiet. Truckers can now sneak up in the driveway and catch the wife and boyfriend red-handed. I see a rise in injuries in the future because of this truck!

Quiet? Sounded like it made a racket to me, I was wondering what all the equipment running way.

When the Tesla Roadster originally came out I was amazed. Now there building and other companies will follow on building semi’s. Now I’m reading where China and Norway are testing cargo vessels in Norway in the canals and China between ports. Norway is planning on having all short haul flights of an hour and a half to be electric by 2040. Amazing times science fiction becoming reality.

At least one all-electric car/passenger ferry is already in regular operation, altho it’s one which sails only a short distance before spending hours sitting at a dock, so plenty of time for charging between runs.


When steam-powered ocean-going ships was a new technology, they were quite limited in steam-powered range, so they used the steam engine only for short distances, such as steaming in and out of harbors, where the ability to sail in one direction regardless of wind was of primary importance. It was only after steam engine efficiency improved somewhat that the range under steam power became sufficient for an average ocean voyage to be made entirely under steam power.

I suspect it will be the same with battery-powered ships; at first, they’ll be limited to short runs, but the ranges will gradually improve as battery tech improves.


Well about that ferry laying about it works all day charges about 9-10 minutes at every stop it goes 34 trips pr day over the fjord then it stops for the night and “slow” charges up to 100% over night
the Power lines to the Area the ferry is operating is to small so they had to place battery banks on shore to feed the rapid charging ferry system

I think for short haul / regional fleets , definitely going to be won by EV trucks.
Rather quickly.

Doing long haul like I do, it’s gonna be decade(s) before the infrastructure will be there to support it in a timely fashion. What I just ran in the last ten days you couldn’t do in an EV car under current DOT rules.

I just looked at some of the issues for that here in Norway, and it turns out that we have some of our largest hydropower stations pretty much half way between the major cities. Having 50 MW of regulatable power available on every major highway is no problem. Our distances are short though.