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Jon Howard
November 18, 2017

Before the new model's unveiling, Tesla already boasted the second-quickest production vehicle ever made with its Model S.

Thanks to four independent drive trains, the Semi should be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with an 80,000-pound load.

So, yes, the Tesla Semi will be able to drive itself, on the highways at least.

Tesla claims the electric costs of the Semi are half that of a traditional diesel semi truck, thanks to fewer systems to maintain (no transmission or brake pads to name a few), providing a number of over $200,000 Dollars in fuel savings, and a two-year payback period. Walmart has confirmed that it reserved fifteen Tesla Semi trucks, telling CNBC that it had earmarked ten for the United States and the remaining five for Canada.

Elon Musk says the latest generation of the Tesla Roadster can go 0-60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds.

But Walmart's statement reveals yet another key selling point: Tesla's Semi can help with corporate sustainability efforts, and companies all over the world have committed to reducing emissions and lowering their ecological impact, whether due to internal targets and image considerations, or requirements from regulators and governing bodies.

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And J.B. Hunt Transport Services, a top logistics and trucking company, said Friday it had made a reservation to buy "multiple" Tesla Semis.

The company said that the Tesla Semi would work out cheaper per mile than an equivalent diesel vehicle, but neglected to share details of just how much an individual truck would set you back. Instead, they showed a truck with a dramatically greater range. "It's just big. It's super-easy to drive". Musk said it will be able to maintain a speed of 65 miles per hour while going up a 5 percent grade. "We guarantee that this truck will not break down for a million miles", Musk said.

"I hope you like what you see", said Musk. These are just concept vehicles, really, but it's Tesla, and nothing is really ever as it seems. The company's latest offering will lock horns with the electric trucks from Daimler while a few other players could crop up by then in this space. Hirsch said that the decision to have the driver sit in the center of the truck will improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle and that other truck manufacturers may follow suit.

"The specs on the new semi truck and sports auto would put both vehicles at the top of their segments ... assuming they can be produced and sold as part of a sustainable business plan", Brauer told Automotive News.

Long-haul semi trucks, on the other hand, would be expected to go greater distances, and that would be challenging. "We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes", John Roberts, president and chief executive officer at J.B. Hunt, explained of his company's reservations, "and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology".

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