As per the new report of news site Reuters, the new all-electric vehicle of Tesla Motors – the electric semi-truck – will travel at a range of 200 to 300 miles on a single charge. The electric car making giant is expected to reveal a prototype of the semi-truck at an event in September but a specific date for the event has not been disclosed yet.
How did Perry get this information?
The information about the range of the truck is appearing to come from Scott Perry, who is an executive at Ryder. Perry, who is a fleet operator based in Florida, said in an interview with Reuters that the U.S.-based carmaker is focused on “an electric big-rig known as a ‘day cab’ with no sleeper berth, capable of traveling about 200 to 300 miles with a typical payload before recharging.”
The Florida-based fleet operator was not immediately available to comment on the matter. It is certainly possible that the Ryder executive knows about the plans of the electric carmaker or has seen the Tesla electric semi-truck. Elon Musk, the chief executive of the electric car making giant, said during a meeting with shareholders in June that the automaker was collecting feedback from the trucking industry.
At that time, the CEO of Tesla as well as SpaceX, said, “We’re getting them closely involved in the design process, so the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping ensure that it is specified to their needs, so it’s not a mystery.” He added, “They already know that it’s going to meet their needs, because they’ve told us what those needs are. So it’ll really just be a question of scaling volume to make as many as we can.”
Tesla’s electric semi-truck has far less range than combustion engine trucks
The electric semi-trucks by the automaker, which has a range of 200 to 300 miles, may have more range in comparison to an SUV or an electric sedan but this range is considered pretty less – around two to three or more times less – than how far semi-trucks with combustion engines can make it on a single tank of diesel.
Perry told Reuters that he is not going to count “them out for having a strategy for longer distances or ranges, but right out of the gate I think that’s where they’ll start.” A Tesla spokesperson, who was reached by the news site The Verge, said the same comment that was given to Reuters, “Tesla’s policy is to always decline to comment on speculation, whether true or untrue, as doing so would be silly. Silly!”
According to a previous report from Reuters that disclosed emails between the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and the automaker, the electric truck of the automaker is apparently going to have self-driving capabilities.