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Tesla's New Electric Semi-Truck

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shutterstock_759611494In November 2017, Tesla unveiled its plans to engineer electric semi-trucks. These innovative electric semi trucks are a significant advancement in the transportation industry because they can reduce truck accidents and create safer roadways.

Well-known companies such as Walmart, Pepsi, Sysco, and Meijer have already placed orders for these trucks. Let's dive deeper into what you can expect from these new electric semis and how they can impact truck driving and the economy.

Hauling Capacity

A heavy battery that is used to power an electric vehicle can reduce the amount of cargo a semi is capable of hauling. According to Tesla, the new electric semi class will be able to haul a significant amount of weight at highway speeds for up to 500 miles on one battery charge. Following a 30-minute recharge, the truck will be able to travel another 40 miles.

Tesla's hauling capacity will make it possible to carry large loads in a timely fashion for a fairly inexpensive price. This may convince fleets to shift from diesel to electric. If this happens, fleets may be forced to rework their routes to make sure that batteries can be recharged.

Safety Amenities

It is clear that Tesla did not skimp on safety amenities when it engineered its electric semi-truck. The smaller, sleeker cab allows for optimal visibility and does not obstruct the truck driver's view as much as a traditional cab. In addition, the truck was designed with self-driving capabilities which may reduce the number of truck accidents that occur as a result of human error.

Possible Problems with Electric Semi-Trucks

While there are a variety of benefits of Tesla electric semi-trucks, there are some issues as well. These trucks lack a sleeper cab which many truck drivers depend on because it allows them to avoid hotels and easily follow hours of service regulations. Although Tesla has stated that their electric semis will not eliminate the need for truck drivers, fleets, unions, and lawmakers are worried that this will not be the case.

Contact Our Joliet Truck Accident Lawyers

Hopefully, Tesla's electric semi-trucks and other advances in technology will reduce truck accidents. Unfortunately, for now, they continue to remain a serious issue. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, we encourage you to contact our highly skilled Joliet truck accident lawyers at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation. We may be able to recover compensation on your behalf.


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