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The structure of a car is a critical component of its efficiency and performance. This is why Tesla is deeply focused on continuing to enhance its vehicles' structure. At Battery Day, the company announced that it will improve the design of its vehicles using a new battery architecture--utilizing a truly radical approach to manufacturing car parts. After Tesla CEO Elon Musk took part in the European Conference on Batteries, additional details came out of the upcoming improvements that will be implemented in Tesla Semi.
Musk indicated that Tesla Semi achieving a range of 800 kilometers (500 miles) and 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) shouldn't be a problem. In order to make this possible, Tesla would use the new 4680 battery cells that were presented at Battery Day.
Musk emphasized that the battery pack will be integrated into the Tesla Semi's core structure, thus also further bolstering the vehicle's structural integrity. With the new form factor, Tesla is able to minimize negative mass, thus increasing the density of the battery pack. The battery is then able to be positioned more efficiently, further reducing redundant structures within the packaging itself.
In addition, a centrally located battery enhances driving performance, namely agility. These improvements also result in weight reduction, an increase in range, a significant reduction in the number of parts, and the overall increased structural integrity of the vehicle.
Next year, the first Tesla Semis are due to roll off the Giga Texas assembly line, which is already under rapid construction. Analysts predict that US electric truck (freight/semi) sales should surpass 54,000 units by 2025. The high demand will certainly be met by Tesla Semi.
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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.