A few days ago, the Tesla Semi was spotted at a factory in Fremont. The electric truck carried out the transportation of cargo, along with other trucks working in the service of Tesla. We couldn't see exactly what Semi was transporting, but it parked near the giant casting machines, or Giga Presses.
This is not the first time a truck has been seen being used by the company. Earlier this year, it was used to deliver Tesla vehicles during the quarter-end push in Q2 and Q3. The company has confirmed that the two Semis are in Tesla's service. Thanks to the use of them for internal purposes of the company, Tesla has the opportunity to evaluate and test them in real working conditions, and if necessary, make appropriate adjustments before production begins.
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In September, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned that Semi would also be used in Giga Texas. He wrote that the trucks will transfer cargo directly inside the factory, which will be completely under the roof. That is, Semi will work inside what will be a huge monolithic building. If the company starts to use its trucks for transportation, then it will significantly reduce logistics costs in the future.
Logistics is a rather laborious process and provides for the control of a whole host of actions, from organizing marketing and receiving orders, to establishing a production process, and to storing and developing optimal transport routes for delivery. With its own transport trucks, Tesla will become even more efficient.
Tesla Semi is ideal for use by any company that transports goods or materials. The company has listed the following sustainability and safety features as key highlights:
- Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile at Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and highway speed, significantly reducing operating costs per mile compared to diesel.
- 500 miles range allows a driver to go to their destination and back without recharging (500-mile range at maximum weight at highway speed)
- Capable of 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load and can climb 5% grades at a steady 65 mph (compared to 45mph for the same grade in a diesel truck)
- Regenerative braking technology recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery
- Surrounding vehicle cameras and sensors aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles
- Additional driver safety features including Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.