Tesla Semi trucks its first all-electric load … of Tesla batteries

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Tesla’s all-electric heavy duty Semi truck makes its first trip, carrying Tesla battery packs, of course.

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Just under four months after unveiling its all-electric truck concept, the Tesla Semi has reportedly made its first production cargo trip, ferrying – you guessed it – Tesla battery packs.

The milestone event was, as usual, announced via social media:

“First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California,” Elon Musk said this morning on Instagram, with the below photo.

And while some cracked wise about it being an elaborate ruse to distract from long-delayed Model 3 deliveries, others are celebrating what promises to be a major game-changer in the world of freight transport.

As we reported in November, the major source of this disruption will centre around operating costs, which Tesla has said will deliver savings of $US200,000 over diesel trucks over one million miles.

Morgan Stanley has said the Tesla Semi could be 70 per cent cheaper to operate than a diesel-powered truck and Musk reinforced this point, by saying it would be “economic suicide” to continue driving diesel trucks.

We also know that the fully electric “Class 8 truck” – which is the largest of heavy duty freight trucks – will have a 200kWh battery pack; a range of up to 800km (500 miles) on a single charge; and will be able to add 400 miles (643km) of range in 30 minutes of charging.

“By the time you are done with your break, the truck is ready to go. You will not be waiting for your truck to charge,” Musk said back at the launch.

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37 Comments
  1. MaxG 7 months ago

    Love it! — Just love what this man pulls off! (thumbs up) It is always easy to follow, but initiating a market is the most difficult thing to do.

    • nakedChimp 7 months ago

      Even following seems to be hard, enough examples of this 😉

  2. Steve159 7 months ago

    Once again, I think the size of the battery pack is being misreported, incorrectly attributing the 200KWh from the forthcoming Roadster, to the truck.

    • Mr T 7 months ago

      Yes, I seem to recall it was 500 or 600kWh.

      • Steve159 7 months ago

        Assuming the 600kWh, which seems to make sense, they’re going to need some heavy duty charging stations.

        • Kevfromspace 7 months ago

          Tesla Megachargers are likely to draw >10x the power requirements of a Tesla Supercharger. That means over 1MW charge rate for a >700kWh battery pack.

          • nakedChimp 7 months ago

            Yep, each MC will have one of those battery stations right besides it, as buffer.

      • neroden 7 months ago

        The truck battery pack size has not been released. The large battery for the 500-mile model is guesstimated to be between 800kWh and 100kWh. The 300-mile model will be smaller of course.

        • Carl Raymond S 7 months ago

          *1000kWh (typo)

  3. Grpfast 7 months ago

    Not in this country! The governing conservatives think he’s a snake oil salesmen and refuse the see the future.

    • Steve159 7 months ago

      With a few more Tesla big batteries in the grid (currently being built, or scheduled), they won’t have much longer to continue that nonsense.

      • Barri Mundee 7 months ago

        They won’t be continuing much longer unless their polling numbers magically turn around.

        • neroden 7 months ago

          It is sad that so many people vote for the Lying Nasty Party.

          Literally nobody should ever vote for them. The LNP have been 100% bad since John Howard. Are there still people who think they’re voting for Malcolm Fraser, or what?

          • Steve159 6 months ago

            @neroden:disqus
            Just think, when you’re out and about in a crowded public space, say on a train, or bus, about one in three standing or sitting around you are intending to vote for them, again.

            It beggars the imagination, as to how that is possible.

    • Alastair Leith 7 months ago

      Malcolm used to drop by the Tesla factory before he was PM. Now he has to wear a different uniform.

  4. Steve159 7 months ago

    Did anyone watch the Jeremy Rifkin 3rd Industrial Revolution doco on SBS the other night? Can download from their official site on Youtube.

    He gave clear understanding why Germany is fast-tracking renewables.

    Fortunately SA will get there first, assuming they’re re-elected. Then watch those power prices drop, big-time. And how manufacturers will stampede to that state, for the sake of low power cost.

    • Jimbo 7 months ago

      Thank you Steve. What a revelation that show was. As soon as you suggested it I found it on SBS https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1165831747733/the-third-industrial-revolution
      I watched it and I will watch it again. It is essential viewing.

      • Steve159 7 months ago

        Vice channel on Youtube has the full episode (as shown on SBS) here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX3M8Ka9vUA

        You can download (and watch off line) by using Video Downloadhelper or similar

        • remoteone 7 months ago

          Thanks for sharing that link, a brilliant talk.

        • Alastair Leith 7 months ago

          Thanks Steve, good qanda at the end. He’s got it all down pat!

    • John Saint-Smith 7 months ago

      Don’t forget China’s Belt and Road initiative – stunned to find Rifkin has been instrumental in developing these ideas with real ‘movers and shakers’ like Merkel and Xi.
      Just when you think Americans are Trumped.

      What would it take to get the Donald thinking like this… or thinking about anything?

      • Mike Westerman 7 months ago

        A brain transplant for sure…

      • Steve159 7 months ago

        I watched that show and wondered if any (unlikely) LNP ministers were watching. And how they’d have to be thinking maybe they’ve got the whole renewable energy thing badly, diabolically wrong.

        It was depressing seeing how Germany and China are going to engage the 3rd industrial, while we, here in Australia, are backpedaling into early 2nd industrial.

        It’s hard to imagine how the LNP, even with donor motivations, could be so … words fail me here … stupendously stupid, bordering on criminality.

        Maybe enough here will do similar to what the kids in the USA are now doing — a class action suing the US government for ignoring the harms caused by climate change

        https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-government-can-be-sued-by-children-over-climate-change-court-20180308-p4z3cj.html

        • John Saint-Smith 7 months ago

          LNP. The clue is in the initials. They stand for Lazy Negative Party. It works like this: when new technologies threaten to disrupt the standard Australian outdated uncompetitive business rip-off program (sell the long suffering Aussie mugs superseded lower quality goods and services at gouging prices), the Lazy Negs crank up their masters’ propaganda band, with the BCA and IPA chorus, and fill the (Limited) News with misleading chants about unreliable, dangerous, ‘socialist ideology powered’ job destroying technologies.

          Sadly, Shorten isn’t much better at backing the 3rd IR. He and Palaszczuk have had to be dragged out of their love affair with Adani’s fake jobs and dirtiest coal mine in the world.

    • Alastair Leith 7 months ago

      Germany has be slow tracking for the last few years:
      Auctions didn’t make wind power cheaper, study finds by Craig Morris
      Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel by George Monbiot.

    • Alastair Leith 7 months ago

      Don’t assume anything, Tassie was led by the nose to vote for Pokie hell to descend on their hotels.

    • Sir John Maga 7 months ago

      With 29 cent electricity, they have a long way to drop. Free wind energy is
      far from free. Little wind again this week, lots of coal and nuke.

      https://www dot energy-charts dot de/power.htm

      • Steve159 6 months ago

        “With 29 cent electricity, they have a long way to drop”? Wholesale utility solar is being installed in the USA and elsewhere at just below 3c/kWh

        The price is expected to go even lower, sub 2c/kWh and who knows from there.

        You may not have read that in the USA now (as in today, like present reality), renewables with storage (batteries) are cheaper than many existing coal-fired power stations. They’re headed for stranded asset territory, at a fair clip.

        So I don’t really understand the point of your post.

        • Sir John Maga 6 months ago

          I keep hearing about 3 cent solar, but every area that installs it has high rates. What up?

          • Steve159 6 months ago

            The 3c/kWh utility solar farms are relatively new, and as yet aren’t a majority supplier to the grid. Also, research which retailer the utility solar company signed the PPA with. In any commercial market, retailers will maximize profit — so I’d expect only slightly lower rates compared to coal-fired producers, while they take a good profit.

          • Sir John Maga 6 months ago

            Evidently.

  5. Jim 7 months ago

    Did another Walmart catch on fire because of SolarCity Tesla solar panels? At a Beavercreek Walmart people had to be evacuated and the store closed because of a solar panel fire in a suburb of Dayton Ohio.

    • neroden 7 months ago

      There is no such thing as a “solar panel fire”. I wonder what crap you’re talking about. There are occasionally *electrical fires* due to incompetent electricians.

    • Michael Murray 6 months ago

      That Walmart looks like it had solar panels. I thought Tesla where making solar roof tiles.

    • Steve159 6 months ago

      It’s possible — solar panels produce a fair amount of electrical power, and electrical power can short-circuit, say in a switchboard, or someone accidentally cutting a power cable, whatever.

      I suppose your solution would be to ban electrical power. I would expect you own a candle-production business. Good luck with that.

  6. brad james 7 months ago

    How do they deal with grades like donner pass??? A dynamic braking sysrem like telma made?

  7. Dave Britt 7 months ago

    Where did the 200kwh figure come from? I’ve heard and would calculate that the battery would need to be way bigger than this

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