Well, after his latest shock announcement that such a factor even existed, Elon Musk and Tesla have introduced and demonstrated their new electrical “heavy rig” truck.
What does this imply for issues like haulage and transferring firms?
The unique announcement
Just a few months again, Musk made considered one of his well-known “oh, in passing… ” sort bulletins. This delivered the information, with all of the razzmatazz and drama that is likely to be anticipated of somebody saying “oh, I feel it’ll rain tomorrow“, that he could be shortly displaying an all-electric and high-tech haulage rig.
Virtually all of the trade pundits have been shocked and excited. Some have been vastly sceptical that this was doable within the few quick months between Musk’s announcement and his goal date for the truck being introduced to the world.
As standard, Tesla proved these latter improper – together with what was pure theatrics when concurrently unveiling the truck, a model new Tesla electrical supercar appeared from inside it – once more to the shock of nearly everybody.
However, let’s not discuss concerning the automobile additional right here!
At the time of writing (Nov 2017) the truck in lots of respects has exceeded expectations.
Externally, the tractor and trailer don’t look THAT completely different. Sure, there’s some streamlining and that not solely improves the aerodynamics but in addition simply makes it look so much prettier than most.
It’s actually within the cab that the large visible variations are seen. Of course, as you would possibly count on, it’s full of know-how together with cameras, computer systems and show screens – together with radar. It additionally comes with armoured glass which apparently gained’t shatter or crack.
The most evident distinction although is that the motive force’s seat is in the course of the cab, to not one aspect of it. It’s additionally distinctive in that each the motive force and passenger can stand upright within the cab.
All issues advised, should you embody inner cab look, this truck appears to be like severely completely different.
The figures quoted by Tesla have but to be independently verified however they embody some fairly staggering claims:
- 500 miles (805k) between recharges
- Fast recharging know-how
- 0-60mph (96kph) in 5 seconds (with out trailer). This goes to twenty seconds when pulling a mortgage of 80,000Lbs (about 36,000k).
Of course, all this comes with zero or subsequent to zero emissions.
It appears to be like a beautiful proposition.
As with all issues Tesla, their innovation is second to none however generally the applying and practicality will be challenges.
For instance, Tesla admits that, to place it bluntly, it’s obtained into a large number with a few of its automobile manufacturing. They’ve greater than cracked the know-how and advertising (individuals need their automobiles) however what they’re scuffling with is the sordid and maybe to them boring bit – i.e. mass manufacturing.
So, manufacturing delays and lacking targets have change into one thing they’re virtually as well-known for as their revolutionary approaches.
As some are declaring, the truck is meant to enter manufacturing in late 2019 however there’s little handy to date on numbers and even costs. So, there’s an enormous unknown there.
Others are declaring that, maybe a bit of like the unique Nikola Tesla, they might be risking a dilution of their focus throughout too many radically completely different traces of R&D. The threat being that their total industrial impression turns into degraded, as they’re principally attempting to do an excessive amount of on the one time.
Right now, Musk seems to be driving ahead huge improvements in home electrical energy manufacturing, electrical automobiles, electrical street haulage, aviation, trans-continental high-speed tube transport schemes, orbital and even deep-space journey. There are clearly synergies between a few of these endeavours however some individuals are questioning whether or not that is all an excessive amount of for anybody firm or man to maintain on prime of.
The world is already a greater place for Tesla and Elon Musk. This new truck appears to be a part of that but it surely might want to make an actual impression on the street and in numbers if the corporate and its ideas are to attain credibility on this area.