See The Tesla Semi Spotted On A Flatbed In Iowa

APR 4 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 13

The grainy images are admittedly of very poor quality, but still we can easily make out the Tesla Semi being hauled by what appears to be another semi.

The uploader of the images says that he spotted what’s believed to be a charging terminal on the back of the haul truck, which leads us to think that perhaps the Tesla Semi was en route to conduct some sort of charging tests.

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Teslarati reached out to the uploader of these images. After a brief conversation, Teslarati was able to provide these additional details:

“Conversing with Teslarati on the social media platform, Gee noted that the truck was heading east into I-80 in the Des Moines, IA area. The Tesla enthusiast further stated that he noticed some equipment at the back of the short-range Semi.”

“There looked to be a ‘charging terminal’ on the back of the trailer, so I imagine they were taking it somewhere to set up testing,” Gee wrote.

Of note is that these images were captured close to the headquarters of Ruan Transportation, a company that’s already shown interest in the Tesla Semi.

Back In January, Ruan stated this in regards to the Semi:

“Ruan plans to add at least five Tesla semis to its fleet in 2019 and will test vehicle prototypes in California before they are delivered. Ruan and Tesla have been in frequent communication throughout the development process, with Tesla inviting Ruan representatives to take part in numerous on-site meetings and discussions in the six months prior to the November unveiling.

The price-per-vehicle will be approximately $180,000. Most diesel-powered tractors cost around $100,000, but Tesla predicts that the electric vehicle will pay for itself within two years due to savings in aerodynamics, reliability and fuel. Some specifics, such as the targeted weight, total operating cost and charging method are still unavailable.”

James Cade, Vice President of Fleet Services said:

“These new trucks stand to revolutionize interstate transport and change the way we do business. Ruan has always been a leader in efficient transport and logistics, so it makes perfect sense to explore what these trucks could do for us and our customers.”

“We have many questions as the trucks continue to be developed. But we are excited for the potential they hold and are working directly with Tesla to get the answers we need before putting this technology to use.”

“It is our hope that using the Tesla tractor-trailers will eventually reduce our costs, keep our drivers and cargo safer and help us continue our tradition of industry-leading service and reliability.”

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13 Comments on "See The Tesla Semi Spotted On A Flatbed In Iowa"

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i am sure we will see these images shown on certain agenda drive sites as proof the Tesla Semi can’t work and needs a real truck to haul it.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

It broke down and wouldn’t charge and got bricked so a real truck came to the rescue……lol

Damn, there must be a ton of the other trucks not working too. I have see GM, Ford and other trucks being towed all the time.

If the mark that a truck is no good because you see one being towed then there is not a single good truck brand in existence.

Neither Ford nor GM make a class 8 truck
It been decades since they left the heavy duty truck market

I see new and used Teslas on the back of F-250 flatbeds/trailers frequently in my part of the world and the irony is not lost on me. As we say in the biz, “Not good optics”.

Could it be the first customer delivery of a Tesla Semi and charging hardware?

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671 + BoltEV + Model 3 (soon)

way cool.
Look forward to next year when M3 is up to 5000+/wk, and the semi production starts.
Assuming that is being designed for ease of assembly, and tesla automates production, then tesla should be able to jump ahead of all semi-tractor makers.

BTW, Hopefully, the semi-tractor makers will get smart and start production of batteries/cells in America. We are the largest buyers of semi-tractors so it makes great sense for them to produce decent cells HERE.

So if one wants to sell Semi’s and charging infrastructure to a company for big, what better way to do it than to actually demonstrate them on their own site. Hook up the temporary charger to existing infrastructure, and charge a Semi. To not waste time, bring one with nearly empty battery pack.
That’s how I would do it.

With 2018 projections exceeding 310,000 class 8 trucks.
I think it’s going to take awhile for Tesla to put a dent in those numbers.

Yet how long before the rest of the industry make the change when they see how much interest there is in the Tesla Semi, especially if it does to this industry what it did to the luxury car segment?

Time to start thinking of Yesla as an Industry Catalyst, in that they lead, and when others lose 5%-10% to them, they start reacting and get on board, with another 2-3 year delay from them!

I find it extremely encouraging that they are out testing these things instead of the train wreck of the model 3 launch that was effectively a test fleet. Truck fleets aren’t run on feelings. Good news to see one out there getting a ride.