On November 16th, 2017; Tesla’s CEO — Elon Musk showed the world his plan to reconstruct the freight truck industry by unavailing the Tesla Electric Semi Truck; an all electric solution to an outdated way of transporting goods throughout the world.
This 500 mile ranged freight vehicle is more aerodynamic than a super car and solves many of the safety hazards that plague semi trucks these days and a Canadian grocery store chain “Loblaw” is ready to get in on the action.
Loblaw has order 25 of Tesla’s Semi trucks with a $5,000 deposit upfront despite having a price of TBD and not being available until at at least 2019. Loblaw told the Canadian Press that they plan on reducing their emissions impact by 2030 and would like to have their 350 vehicles fully electric by that time. This would help reduce their carbon emissions and equites to taking 20,000 consumer internal combustion vehicles off of the road.
Thankfully, more and more companies are becoming environmentally conscious and are looking for methods to reduce future costs and their carbon footprints. Walmart has even specified that they would like to pilot test 15 electric vehicles to see how they can be used in their mission to stay relevant and eco friendly in the future. What better way than to begin with solving the costs and pollution of the shipping industry?
Tesla has said that it’s cost of operation for the semi will help shippers save money on a per mile basis right away and thats likely meant to help lessen the impact of sticker shock when it finally does reveal the upfront price.
What is particularly admirable about the Tesla Semi Truck is that it will have an electric motor per wheel giving the semi truck unmatched grip and control. One major issue with Semi trucks these days is that they have a tendency to flip over quite easily; As the driver applies brakes, the cabin tends to go one way and the trailer goes another way resulting in the semi truck flipping and causing major issues on high ways.
Tesla has solved this problem by allowing the computer to read inputs from all wheels so when their is a slight change in weight distribution the motors can either brake certain wheels or apply torque to keep the vehicle steady.
Overall, these environmental policies and regulations will not be enacted in time by governments and it is up to private and public companies to help pave the way to a cleaner world.
Because these new eco-technologies take some time to be adopted by big-named corporate companies, the process of converting all semi-trucks to electric will be up to us as the people to vote-in on this matter. Let’s make it clear to our government that we demand clean air and green transport, and fast. It’s also up to both private and public companies to help pave the way to a cleaner world.