Tesla has unveiled its first electric truck.

It can travel 500 miles on a single charge.

And it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds while carrying 80,000 lbs.

An auto pilot system will allow them to drive together in a convoy, and follow each other autonomously.

The truck is part of Tesla’s ongoing effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels.

Tesla says the truck will be 17% cheaper to run than diesel-powered trucks, mile-per-mile.

Using solar-powered “megachargers” installed across the country, the company says a 30-minute charge will allow 400 miles of travel.

But the Tesla truck could face hurdles in its mass-market appeal.

There are some 3.5 million truck drivers in America and most drive diesel-powered vehicles, which have a much higher range for the price.

Diesel trucks currently cost an average of $120,000, but the cost of a 300-mile electric truck battery alone is estimated at $200,000.

It’s unclear how much the Tesla truck will cost.

Tesla is not the only company investing in sustainable big-rigs. Navistar, Cummins and Daimler are all busy working on electric trucks and Toyota is working on a hydrogen fuel cell truck.

Walmart and Michigan-based supermarket Meijer have already pre-ordered Tesla’s trucks.

Production is projected to begin in 2019.

Will truckers make the shift?

Watch this very interesting video from AJ+.

Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Tesla's all-electric semi truck will be out in 2019. Can it shake up the fossil fuel-reliant trucking industry?

Posted by AJ+ on Friday, 17 November 2017


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