Tesla, One step further to change transports.

Global warming is amplifying and beating records every day. It is happening due to many reasons for which we can sometimes act, sometimes not. Nevertheless, for years now, Tesla’s name is linked with a game changer if it comes to companies that are pioneer in new clean way of living.

Tesla’s cars, Tesla’s batteries, Tesla’s solar roof. You have probably already heard about those products. Changes made thanks to Tesla are becoming more and more appreciated all around the world and making changes that are good for our planet.

However, Tesla wants to go one step further. After delivering more than 76,000 cars in 2016 worldwide and implementing many superchargers (Tesla’s “gas” stations to “refuel” their cars), the company from California presented on the 16th of November it’s way to look at the road transports in the next years.

 

Semi, is a fully electric truck with a range of 300 to 500 miles (480 – 800km) when it is completely loaded and on a highway at legal speed, not very impressive in comparison to up to more than 2000 miles (3200 km) range for a diesel truck, but it can be charged thanks to a megacharger and have more than 400 miles (640 km) range after 30 minutes of charge, all of that being 20% less expansive than a normal diesel truck. Tesla states that “Semi is the safest, most comfortable truck ever. Four independent motors provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile”. With its 4 electric engines, the 40 tons machine can accelerate from 0 to 95km/h in less than 20 seconds and uses all the new technologies that are already implemented in Tesla cars for the security.


Tesla also worked a lot on the aerodynamics of the truck, being the black spot of the trucks we are used to know. The drag coefficient (cd) went from 0,65-0,7 in a normal truck to 0,36 in the semi. In comparison, the newest Bugatti Chiron has a cd or 0,38. The economy of this truck compared to a “normal” one could exceed 200,000$ in fuel savings through this technological solution and electric engines.

In addition, according to CITEPA, 7,9% of Co2 emissions are generated by Diesel trucks. Thanks to this new truck, those emissions could decrease significantly.

But on the other hand, according to UCSUSA, the production of such kind of cars/trucks, generates more carbon emissions than to build a conventional one, moreover, the electricity for this car has to be produced in some countries thanks to renewable energy, but sometimes, it is only possible with electricity from a nuclear power station or fossil power station, so in this case, the green side of it would be even worse than a heated engine.

In my opinion, the Tesla Semi is a good idea, thanks to many innovations, and a totally new way of looking at road transportation it is really something that can be good for the planet and for people working in this field. Nevertheless, this solution only makes sense if it is made with a good mind, in other words, being sure that it will be used with renewable energies, with a possibility to recycle them and to have a good warranty for batteries.

Sources :

Tesla’s 2016 Deliveries = 76,230+ Vehicles, Production = 83,922 Vehicles

https://www.tesla.com/semi/

http://www.futura-sciences.com/planete/questions-reponses/automobile-transport-camion-il-polluant-4117/

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/life-cycle-ev-emissions#.WhF76bZ7Qy6

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2 thoughts on “Tesla, One step further to change transports.

  1. Valerio Pettinicchi says:

    Co2 emissions are reduced and performance improved. If it will be exploited with renewable energy it might be something good. I also think that Tesla focuses on autonomy in driving with the idea of bringing artificial intelligence to the trucks. These, in fact, grind many more kilometers of cars and generally run in good conditions and thus be readily read by cameras and sensors. For a robotic system to drive a truck on fast-moving roads is easier than bringing a citycar into city traffic.

  2. Agnieszka Ryszawa says:

    I think for now the issue will be obtaining the materials for the car in a sustainable way – if that can be achieved then the next task would be to reduce the cost.
    I mean there aren’t many people that can affford to buy a Tesla – it’s just way too expensive. I know technology must cost and then have some lifespan to become cheaper so lets wait and see what happens.
    Also from what I red the Tesla roadster has some crazy acceleration 0-100 kph – surely couple of show offs like that and you have to get a new set – and as we know producing tyres isn’t exacly sunshine and rainbows.
    So overall good first step, but lets wait to see more.

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