What do you imagine a Tesla product to be like? When I think of it, if Tesla launches a pen, it would write on a paper, yes, but it would be a pen on steroids. It would read my mind, and basically make the future look cooler. And indeed, the Elon Musk-led company has done something on those lines. Yesterday, in an Instagram post, Musk teased what they call a Semi by Tesla, which was launched at Tesla’s Hawthorne, California facility later in the day.
Now, if my introduction to this article wasn’t enough for you to understand, let me put this in simple words, it’s not a regular truck! It is the hulk of all trucks, and if I am allowed to make the comparison, it looks a little like Michael ‘Mikey’ Blumberg from the cartoon series Recess. Just look closely, you’ll see the similarity. The Tesla Semi truck, as described by The Verge, has a gigantic windshield, and the two screens on either side. It has a center-mounted seat. Apparently, the truck also has some similarities with the new Model 3, including a turn signal and gear lever, but it had a different steering wheel since it didn’t require an airbag. ALSO READ: Tesla releases software update to soften acceleration
Reportedly, Musk at the Hawthorne, California promised a range in the neighborhood of 500 miles for the Class 8 Heavy Duty vehicle. He also claimed that the truck has a 400 mile range in 30 minutes. Musk had also promised self-driving abilities, and Tesla says this delivers at least semi-autonomous capability. ALSO READ: Steve Wozniak skeptic about Tesla’s autopilot feature, says ‘there’s way too much hype’
It is clear that Tesla hopes its innovative packaging and approach will resonate with truck drivers and fleet managers who are tired of the way the vehicles have been designed for decades. However, whether Tesla can actually impact the freight truck market remains to be seen. ALSO READ: You may be able to Snapchat on Mars, reveals Elon Musk