Tesla Semi Inside & Out – Video From Live Reveal Night


DragTimes takes us inside and out with the newly revealed Tesla semi.

Inside the Tesla Semi

You’ll witness some yet-to-be-seen footage of the recently revealed Tesla semi (details here) in the must-watch video.

If heavy duty trucking is your thing, then you’ll surely want to see what it’s like inside Tesla’s technology-pack semi.

Video description:

“I sit inside and take a detailed look inside and outside the all new Tesla Semi Truck at it’s unveiling at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne California.”

Inside The Tesla Semi

Inside The Tesla Semi

Inside The Tesla Semi

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I’m really interested in the operation of the hinged panels at the back of the cab which partially close of the gap between cab and trailer. There is a brief shot here looking at the back of the cab. We can see the hinged panels on the side, but I couldn’t see one at the top. Was it just that the camera angle/ lighting was bad, or isn’t there a hinged panel at the top to close off that part of the gap?

You can see the hinged panels in operation briefly during the reveal.

Yes. I actually first saw that in operation on a CBS Evening News segment, before later seeing it in a video compilation from the Reveal.

It looks like a simple and elegant solution to reducing drag, but how well is it going to work in practice? What happens when the tractor hits a pothole and twists out of alignment with the trailer… or vice versa? Is there some sort of sensor (a laser? an ultrasonic sensor?) that will detect when the panel needs to be swung out of the way so it won’t smash into the trailer during such a misalignment? Let’s hope so!

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Even Tesla semi looks better and has more options than the bolt. They have probably sold more semis than GM has sold bolts and that is pretty sad to say when there is so little interest in the bolt a Semi outsells it.

AFAIK, the reason semi’s have dual tire setups is so that one can blow and not affect that side as much. How would that work with these wide SINGLE tires on each side of the axle?

Somehow, I think that whatever Tesla is doing with the tires is well-planned. I mean, they are semi truck tires, after all. That is not a virgin territory if it says “Goodyear” on the sides. If the rubber said “Tesla,” I’d be equally curious, but I have a feeling roads have seen semi truck tires like this before.

Those tires are likely low-rolling-resistance “wide-base” tires, rated at the same load as two single conventional “dual” tires.

The trucking industry has been experimenting with them for about 15 years. It appears about 4% now use them. One cause of rolling-resistance is tire side-wall flexing. Cut the # of tires in half, cut the side-flexing in-half, and slightly improve RR.

There are both substantial first-cost and efficiency advantages with wide-base, but it has been a difficult sell. It is a conservative industry. Drivers are resistant to them. A lot of truck shops are not set up to service them or have spare tires for them. Chaining up is different. They don’t re-tread easily.

Super singles are pretty common. I used to own and operate a truck fleet. They have advantages and disadvantages like everything else. It’s nice to have to worry about less tires. However, it’s a bigger deal when one of them goes down.

I should have made it clear that one of our trucks had these.

Those are super wides that they put on. The industry is slowly moving towards them because they are better in most ways (more efficient and better handling). The only real downside is if you blow one, the truck is down. Fast service is kind of important for trucks riding super wides.

In Europe they are called super singles. And are becoming quite popular. Apparently 3% better fuel economy with a set up of 10 singles Vs 18 standard tires. 1000 pound weight saving (these are fitted on alloy rims). Which translates to a bigger payload. And they last 200.000 miles rather than 160.000 miles.
Because of improvements in design and materials one big tyre can now do the job of two. Only the blowout scenario remains the big problem. But that is also reduced because of better manufacturing.

Is there any way they can be “self healing” tires?

Added safety as well as less delays would save a ton of money in the industry.

Yes, Goodyear offers DuraSeal Technology on wide base tires.

There’s only so much they could “self heal” from… Like a minor puncture.
I live along I-95, and any time I’m on it I’ll see a few “highway gators”, the detached tread from an exploded tire.
Not much a can of “Fix-a-flat” can do for that.

“Highway gators” I love it, did you coin that?

Kosh — The primary reason that tires blow is they overheat because the pressure is too low. Modern TPMS takes care of that problem, alerting a driver long before the tire overheats and blows. Some tire makers are also selling “self sealing” OTR wide-base tires too, so if there is a puncture the tire seals itself.

Some truckers don’t like it, the same way some BMW owners don’t like TPMS combined with runflats and no spare. But wide base tires can save a couple thousand pounds worth of petroleum based “rubber” over the life of the tire (included retreading, if you can find a retreader like Continental to retread them).

Are those headlights LED or may be no.

Another Euro point of view (improved version)

Cool !


Please let there be a fruck!!!

Good reuse of the Model 3 door handles, it will be interesting to see how they stand up to rough trucker use.

Truckers obviously don’t listen to music or change tunes/volume. Interesting they didn’t put the Model 3 scroll wheels into the steering wheel, I hope that is an oversight. I can see those scroll wheels being very useful addition; adjust cruise control, adjust volume and tunes, would think those big mirrors on the smaller prototype will need electric adjustment, so many uses for two simple scroll wheels.

Interesting the motors are not protected from above. Probably so they can show them off, would think that might be covered in the final version.
Didn’t see it, but how they had 2 jump seats. Could probably fit a while row of seats in that space, like the back seat in a car.

Even if they only did limited production until a factory is fully commissioned, it looks like these trucks are ready to rock and roll.

Super singles have been used in Canada for some time now. They are more fuel efficient and better handling as stated before. As far as being out of service with a flat tire, so are trucks with dual tires because one tire will not carry the load if you get a flat on one of the duals. If you try to drive with a flat the flat tire will be destroyed in short order and the good tire will over heat and self destruct very soon also

Surely the production model will have elephant ear side mirrors that will increase drag. I wonder what the AER hit will be?

Why the suicide doors – what is the practical advantage?

The non-roll down windows intrigue me too. Don’t truckers need the use of opening windows to pay tolls and speak to people outside the truck?

I realize these are concept trucks. There’ll be many changes before they get to production. Surely there will be sleeper cab versions as well.

On a podcast today, I heard the owner of a Canadian oil trucking business that preordered 2 trucks. He said they would make the perfect truck for such short haul applications as logging and oil company equipment haulers in the Great White North. How ironic that oil companies need ELECTRIC TRUCKS to haul their equipment – better profit margins and reliability!

There will be a lot of customization by infrastructure companies to small trucking companies as to their specific needs.

The oil rig trucker from Canada that ordered 2 trucks said they would put a “moose bumper” on the front, remove the aerodynamic tire covers in back because of their need to apply tire chains for the icy, muddy offroad use.

He said the 80,000 lb. cargo limit is for the U.S. and his Tesla Semis would likely haul much more on flatbeds laden with heavy equipment – up to 150,000 lbs… Also legal he said, because they haul on non-paved ice and dirt roads. He said he told Tesla that electric trucks would be perfect for those applications and many loggers and haulers like himself travel less than 200 miles round trip and park the trucks in the yard ever night after the round trip. Perfect for overnight charging.

Very interesting stuff.

One other interesting note is that he said loggers and flatbed haulers like himself would remove the aero features on the cab.

He said there is no real aerodynamic advantage using them with a flatbed loaded with heavy equipment.

They need simplicity and reliability – such features as those aero farings would get in the way and at those speeds in those conditions would be a liability not an asset.

Did any one notice???? No visible vents. Same A/C venting tech as the model 3. So far, here are the things I have noticed that are being shared from Model 3 parts list:
1. Motors
2. Battery packs
3. Inner dash display
4. door handles.
5. turn light / other stalks on either side of steering.
6. A/C venting system
7. Over User interface on the right display. If you have noticed other stuff, please share.

The truck came in with Talking head blasting.

It’s been a long time, but a pleasure to hear everytime.

Oh, you mean the truck?

Another interesting tidbit gleaned from the podcast was that he said truckers nearly broke the internet forums worrying that AutoPilot would eventually eliminate their jobs.

I think it’ll be a long time ( if at all ) before a level 4 or 5 autonomous drive capability will exist for the industry.

At level 2 or 3, it’s a big asset, allowing truckers to relax more in heavy traffic, which they deal with every day. Safer and better.

He also said there was great interest in logging and off road trucking as in the Canadian oilfields.

He said these are large markets Tesla didn’t consider when designing the truck, but could be huge for the company.

So…let me count the covered popular segments; Luxo Sedan. Luxo SUV, Mid-Range Sedan, Semi-Truck, Super Sports Car…still need the Pick Up, Mid Range SUV, Mid-range Van and the affordable family car.

Did I forget any?