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TonyDtorch

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Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:06:37 AM »
Elon Musk show off the new Tesla semi-truck.  Very impressive power and range.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqYU6VA1Rmw

I really wish Elon was into RVs.

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 04:07:11 PM »
Quite an achievement.  But truckers are gonna want a lot more chrome.

TonyDtorch

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 04:32:13 PM »
Quite an achievement.  But truckers are gonna want a lot more chrome.

and there's that ol' saying...."Chrome won't get you home...but it may get you laid".

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 05:11:22 PM »
I'm more of the opinion expressed in this article: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/21/tesla-semi-may-be-aiming-at-the-wrong-end-of-the-freight-industry.html

Electric makes more sense for short haul (regional delivery) trucks and buses than Over-the-road (OTR) trucks where 500 miles may well be a short days work and max payload is a key goal. Regional and city delivery means the truck is never far from a charge station and a shorter range (smaller battery pack) is practical.

I see long range trucking and RVs as an application for something more like a diesel locomotive, where an onboard generator supplies continuous electric power and therefore the battery pack can be relatively modest in size.
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 05:48:29 PM »
People have been telling Elon he is full of crap his whole life. However he is a billionaire because of his ideas and his critics are worth a lot less money.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 09:00:44 PM »
People have been telling Elon he is full of crap his whole life. However he is a billionaire because of his ideas and his critics are worth a lot less money.
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2017, 08:46:53 AM »
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However he is a billionaire because of his ideas

Certainly true, but having far-thinking ideas doesn't necessarily lead to success in a huge manufacturing enterprise like Tesla or his battery company.  He got wealthy on things like internet financial services (e.g Paypal), not manufacturing products. I love his willingness to put his money into making ideas real, though.
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2017, 10:12:55 AM »
I wonder....Do you suppose he makes, or loses money resupplying the Space Station ?

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2017, 11:40:49 AM »
I wonder....Do you suppose he makes, or loses money resupplying the Space Station ?
He has been doing it for over five years so I would assume he is making money.
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2017, 12:08:22 PM »
He has been doing it for over five years so I would assume he is making money.
Then he's managed to do something that NASA couldn't even do.

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2017, 12:19:41 PM »
Then he's managed to do something that NASA couldn't even do.
Which is why NASA is farming out their launches.
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2017, 12:46:54 PM »
not too bad for a guy with a couple of bachelors degrees.

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2017, 09:17:18 PM »
Gary there area lot of major distribution centers like Walmart that deliver under the 250 mile range he mentions.


I believe what truckers really look at is total cost per mile, including lost time and depreciation.

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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2017, 07:02:16 AM »
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Gary there area lot of major distribution centers like Walmart that deliver under the 250 mile range he mentions.

Right. That's the regional delivery application I referred to. Much of that market is served by medium duty trucks and smaller semis, but Walmart does indeed use full size smei's for that. So do some supermarket chains.
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2017, 07:17:10 AM »
The article that Gary referenced makes the point that Musk never disclosed the weight of this truck unloaded.  It might have a 10,000 lb battery pack, thereby reducing significantly the payload of the truck. Whereas an efficient diesel generator might be possible with much less weight.  As for the 500 mi range, I have to believe that this range is very useful for all trucking in places like Taiwan, Scandinavia, and throughout Europe. Perhaps it will take hold elsewhere before the US. 
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Re: Check out the new Tesla semi truck
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2017, 07:54:51 AM »
nice thing is the truck can be re fueled as it's being unloaded.

 

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