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Tesla Semi is Racking up the Preorders

Tesla isn’t the only player in the electrical trucking field. It is, however, presenting one of the most attractive offerings for an electric truck in the present marketplace.

(Tesla is again producing best-in-class clean transport capabilities in its all electric Semi offering.)

Tesla’s Semi will have a range of 300 to 500 miles. Its rig will go from 0-60 in less time than many passenger vehicles. And its cost of fuel is so low that it will repay the 150,000 to 200,000 dollars initially invested in energy savings in just three to five years. With economics and performance parameters like these, the fact that the Semi will emit zero harmful greenhouse gas emissions in operation is a much needed layer of icing on the new energy vehicle cake.

All these features are quite attractive. And, as a result, Tesla has already received upwards of 300 pre-orders for what promises to be a truly revolutionary vehicle. Pepsi, Anheuser Busch, SYSCO, Loblaw, Wal-Mart, DHL and numerous others have all jumped onto the Tesla clean trucking bandwagon. Since Tesla requires a 20,000 dollar down payment to reserve a truck (up from 5,000 dollars when the semi was first announced), these pre-orders represent a major commitment by buyers. It also represents between 45 and 55 million in new revenue for Tesla.

(Tesla is already starting to make waves in the U.S. class 8 truck market — in which less than 200,000 units are generally sold each year. Image source: Statista.)

300 pre-orders may not sound like much when compared to Tesla’s massive Model 3 total of about 500,000. However, considering the fact that less than 200,000 class 8 trucks were sold in the U.S. during 2016, this initial wave of orders is far from a drop in the proverbial bucket. For one, interest by major shippers in Tesla will likely bring more interest as competitors race to gain access to that best-in-class efficiency, performance and related energy cost reduction. In addition, pre-orders are likely to be a smaller portion of total sales due to Tesla’s higher reservation asking price.

Such levels of demand may support in the range of 5,000 Semis sold per year in the U.S., according to recent clean-tech market analysis. And this would represent about 3 percent of the present U.S. market from a single automaker. But when considering the fact that big rig emissions are about 20 to 40 times that of a typical medium sized car over the course of a year, those projected 5,000 Semis could have an outsized impact in helping to reduce the amount of heat trapping gas hitting the atmosphere.

Not too shabby for a start and for a single automaker. And some people called the Semi a distraction. Pshaw.

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  1. rhymeswithgoalie

     /  December 13, 2017

    They should enter it in a truck roadeo:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadeo

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  2. 12volt dan

     /  December 13, 2017

    Another player in the electric truck market that’s new (to me anyway)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-13/this-electric-truck-will-probably-beat-tesla-s-to-market

    More for in city delivery this truck feeds a different market than long haul but just as important. School bus, garbage,plows ect this will have an impact imo

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  3. Unless the global economy also contracts year by year down to sustainable levels, the switch to E-transport will just give is an illusion of dealing with the problems of ecological overshoot. Unfortunately, any politician or corporate executive who utters the c-word instead of the g-word (Growth!) will immediately be out of a job.

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    • So E transport is about degrowth of harmful materials throughput while maintaining dematerialized economic growth. Did you not get that or are you just intentionally not paying attention?

      The drive for pure austerity is a build up to fail. We’ve got to add efficiency, more equality, and better practices as we go. We’ve got to leverage the strengths of mass production to rapidly convert away from fossil fuels. Renewables growth is absolutely a key to beating climate change and ensuring prosperity while also enabling more equal and democratic energy based systems.

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    • paul

       /  December 14, 2017

      De-growth/contraction is civilisation’s greatest taboo. Hardly anyone wants to talk about what really needs to be done.

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      • Mblanc

         /  December 15, 2017

        Paul, I have read plenty of articles about the limitations of our focus on gdp, it really isn’t taboo on the left or in the centre ground, and even mainstream conservatives will acknowledge the problem. Since 2008 the Anglo-Saxon model is widely acknowledged to be broken, and the free market fundamentalists are losing the argument, imo.

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  4. Robert in New Orleans

     /  December 14, 2017

    Two things I have noticed about the Tesla truck design that are not appreciated and/or noticed by the media. With a centrally located drivers seat, it would appear that this truck can be made in just in one configuration for both left and right road driving. And with an electric power train, the truck will be much quieter than diesel powered vehicles, thus reducing noise pollution. If you have ever heard a heavy diesel truck using its engine compression braking (Jake brakes) you will know what I mean.

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    • Those things are just ear splitting.

      It’s attention to these details and commonality of design that really gives Tesla an edge.

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    • Mblanc

       /  December 15, 2017

      There has been plenty of comment about the central position, I’m sure they will offer options for those who want them, once they get the basic configuration to market.

      The point about noise pollution is a good one though, In busy urban areas EV’s are a massive win for air pollution, but the noise benefits are as yet under appreciated.

      Road noise has been found to cause significant negative effects on human health, there is plenty of evidence out there. City kids should see a real and measurable benefit from the switch to EV’s, even when the regulations requiring EV’s to produce some noise for road safety purposes have come in.

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  5. Syd Bridges

     /  December 14, 2017

    Electric vehicles have been used for specialized work for many decades. In particular, in the UK, milk was delivered by battery powered milk floats. These replaced horse-drawn vehicles. They were very quiet and ideal for door-to-door deliveries as they were started and stopped repeatedly. They did 10 to 15 mph and there was no pollution. They used lead-acid batteries. Now we are seeing the technology to replace trucks with electric vehicles.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_float

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  6. Robert in New Orleans

     /  December 14, 2017

    Class 8 trucks are just the beginning for Tesla as I see them selling cab/chassis units to other manufacturers for conversion into different vehicles such fire trucks, buses, dump trucks etc.

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  7. Mblanc

     /  December 15, 2017

    Seems like the Model 3 is getting back on schedule, dunno if anyone else has already posted this.

    Several Tesla suppliers are now reporting that Model 3 production is increasing rapidly and they are back to working on Tesla’s guidance of 5,000 units per week in December, which was delayed last month.

    In October, a few days before Tesla’s earnings and the announcement of the Model 3 production ramp-up delay, Taiwanese auto component maker Hota Industrial Mfg. Co announced that Tesla slashed its orders for Model 3 parts by 40% (5,000 per week to 3,000).

    Now the same supplier, which makes gears and axles, told Taiwanese media that Tesla increased the demand for parts back to 5,000 units per week this month.

    https://electrek.co/2017/12/14/tesla-model-3-production-increasing-to-5000-units-per-week-suppliers/

    I bet the denial machine will be correcting the record, and issuing apologies for the hype… not!

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  8. talder

     /  December 20, 2017

    For me the best thing is that they can organize the charging of Tesla Semis during lunch time, so that each truck can pull 1 MW during this time where PV produce more power than needed. Other charging times are during night if too much wind is in the network. Megachargers direct close to energy production. So you can increase renewable energy much larger than without.

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