News Tesla Semi May Have Been Spied Without Any Disguise

14:21  05 october  2017
14:21  05 october  2017 Source:   msn.com

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October 26 will be the day when Tesla is going to unveil its electric semi , but we won't have to wait until then to see it as a revealing pic has emerged. If the image is legit, the all-electric semi has a futuristic design that will make it stand out among conventionally powered rivals.

The Tesla Semi is not an obvious choice for the company. Ports may be the first application since trucks are in heavy rotation to complete short hauls in urban areas where pollution is a problem (Los Angeles already has an electric vehicle pilot program). Tesla Model 3 Finally Caught - without Any

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Right from the start we should point out the image attached below has not been confirmed in any way to be real by Tesla and there is a chance we could be dealing with a case of a Photoshop job. Originally uploaded on Reddit, removed, and then re-uploaded by another user, the image shows the alleged Tesla semi sitting on a tractor trailer. Teslarati says the pic could have been taken in Kern County, California on an airstrip belonging to the Inyokern Airport, which is located about 150 miles (240 km) north of Tesla’s design center.



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The acceleration on Tesla 's cars has always been impressive, and it looks like the company's semi truck is no exception, though we have to say a huge truck launching itself from 0-60 in a few seconds is a bit worrisome.

The Tesla Semi is Tesla ’s largest offering in its current lineup of vehicles. Being a Class 8 semi -trailer, the electric truck is capable of towing up to 80,000 pounds of cargo without compromising its speed and performance. With four electric motors that operate independently

Its sleek design does seem to match the teaser image released by Tesla towards the end of April, so we won’t be surprised if this will prove to be in fact the real deal. A closer look at the picture reveals the detachable wind deflector located behind the tractor trailer, and someone has already photoshopped it onto the semi to give us an idea of how it will look like.

The fact that it’s missing the side mirrors and door handles illustrates it is not a production-ready vehicle, but we are likely looking at most of the final design. Seeing it next to a conventional workhorse illustrates the way of the future, not just in terms of design, but also as far as the type of propulsion. Very few technical specifications are known at this point, other than the yet-to-be-confirmed range of 200 to 300 miles (322 to 483 kilometers).

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“A battery-electric Tesla Semi would be nearly impossible for long-haul given the size and thus weight of the batteries required. So something involving very fast charging, battery swapping, or similar would be required. That adds costs to the equation that we cannot easily quantify without knowing what

Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road

October 26 will be the day when Tesla is finally going to take the wraps off its battery-powered hauler during an invite-only event set to be organized in Hawthorne, CA. Aside from getting the chance to see the zero-emissions semi, the guests will also have the privilege to take the big rig for a spin as Elon Musk has made the promise there will be test drives.

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Source: Reddit via Teslarati

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