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Tesla Semi Poised For Success in California As New CARB Law Aims For Zero Emissions Starting 2024

by Ma. Claribelle Deveza July 08, 2020

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The Tesla Semi is poised for success in California after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed a new law aiming for the widespread adoption of zero-emissions medium and heavy-duty trucks starting in 2024. The law could incentivize automakers to produce more heavy-duty electric vehicles like the Tesla Semi, which are capable of hauling heavy loads without harming the environment.

Dubbed as the Advanced Clean Truck Regulation, the new law is poised to begin in 2024 and is aimed at helping CARB reach its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and reducing petroleum use by 50%. CARB intends to reach these goals by 2030, which means that automakers like Tesla are best advised to expedite the release of their respective heavy-duty trucks as soon as possible. 

The Advanced Clean Truck Regulation is a fairly aggressive plan for sustainable long-haul transportation. Apart from its 2030 goals, the new law requires truck-makers to increase the percentage of manufacturer sales of zero-emissions medium and heavy-duty trucks between 2024 and 2035. With such a rule in place, California’s transportation routes could see a vast reduction in harmful emissions within the coming years. 

According to CARB, most transport vehicles like Class 8 trucks actually travel less than 100 miles every day when they are operating in an urban setting. Since urban traffic involves a lot of stop-and-go maneuvers, conventional ICE trucks end up falling short in efficiency. Stop-and-go situations are no issue for electric trucks like the Semi, since battery-electric vehicles could stay idle for extended periods without emitting harmful substances into the air.

California’s Advanced Clean Truck Regulation is a perfect fit for the Tesla Semi, especially considering that the all-electric truck’s 300 to 500-mile range is more than enough for inter-city travel. Its low cost of ownership, thanks to its all-electric design’s low-maintenance nature, would also make it an attractive vehicle for businesses. The fact that the Semi could be charged while it’s being loaded or unloaded further adds to its value.

The Tesla Semi is equipped with four Model 3-based electric motors that allow the Class 8 truck to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds with a full load. Without a trailer, the Semi is actually capable of hitting 60 mph in 5 seconds flat, making it quicker than some muscle cars. Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving suite, as well as unique features like Convoy Mode, also makes the Semi one of the most advanced long-haulers in the market.




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