Tesla’s electric semi reportedly has 200-300 mile range
Tom Quimby | September 6, 2017

Tesla’s all-electric tractor-trailer, which is set to debut this month, reportedly has a range of about 200 to 300 miles.

That kind of range, combined with the truck’s sleeper-less day cab design, makes it more of a regional hauler than a cross-country tractor, according to a Reuters report.

Reuters’ source on the story, Ryder Chief Technology & Procurement Officer Scott Perry, said he met with Tesla officials earlier this year in California where he learned more about the truck.

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In June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked of an all-electric semi capable of long-range hauling. However, he did not define what he meant by ‘long-range.’ The U.S. Department of Transportation considers a long-haul shipment to be over 250 miles.

“A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy duty long-range truck that is electric. But, we are confident that this can be done,” Musk told shareholders at a June 6 meeting in Mountain View, Calif.

While it’s possible that by USDOT standards, Tesla’s semi may be categorized as a long-haul truck, most in the trucking industry would consider it a regional hauler.

“I’m not going to count them out for having a strategy for longer distances or ranges, but right out of the gate I think that’s where they’ll start (in regional hauling),” Perry said.

Ryder closely follows electric powertrain technology and has formed partnerships to sell and service the following electric vehicles: Workhorse’s W15 electric pickup, Nikola Motor Company’s Nikola One tractor-trailer (electric drivetrain powered by a hydrogen fuel cell) and Chanje’s electric Class 5 panel van.

 

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