The Tesla Semi as it relates to Platooning
The Tesla Semi-trailer truck press launch on November 17th, 2017 wowed a hanger full of tech enthusiasts who likely have never stepped foot inside a logistics office or an actual semi themselves. I mean come on, when was the last time you heard a logistician cheer and scream in that manner? The first of its kind electric semi boasts the following impressive claims:
- 500 miles of range on a full charge at maximum weight
- 30 minute charge time to 80% capacity
- 0-60mph in five seconds with an empty trailer
- 60mph in 20 seconds with a max load of 80,000lbs
- A one million mile warranty
- No brake pads to replace
- No transmission to replace
- Nuclear explosion-proof glass
- Zero emissions – the big one!
- Will the platooning semis have to be equipped with drivers? That would defeat the purpose of autonomous vehicles
- If not, what will the cabins look like? Will there even be a cabin? You wouldn’t really need one…
- What is the maximum number of trailers that can platoon behind one driver equipped semi?
- Will Megacharge stations have the ability to handle the semi numbers associated with multiple platoons? Will this cause excessive wait times at Megacharge stations?