Tesla Semi's impressive specs were teased in a recent new sighting of the truck featuring some impressive acceleration and noise.
A short video of the silver Tesla Semi in action was posted in the r/TeslaMotors subreddit by u/sk33ny, who noted that the sighting happened in Fremont, California. Similar to the red Semi prototype spotted in the Fremont Factory grounds last month, the silver prototype was also pulling a trailer, suggesting that the vehicle was transporting cargo.
However, people who heard the noise of the Tesla Semi's acceleration were not impressed by it. One person wrote on Reddit, 'No engine noise and acceleration like that on a semi are impressive. My brain had a hard time computing what I saw."
Another user, after watching Tesla Semi's new sighting in Fremont, CA, writes "an empty diesel truck with an automatic transmission can easily accelerate that fast too. Without any context, and knowing what’s in that trailer it is less impressive. But if it was a fully loaded trailer, then sure, that is certainly impressive acceleration!"
Simone Alvarez makes some interesting conclusions in Teslarati, which i want to share with you.
"The video of the silver Tesla Semi’s recent sighting was brief, but it does showcase two notable aspects of the upcoming Class 8 truck. Immediately noticeable was the Semi’s smooth and quick acceleration, which allowed the vehicle to gather speed immediately after it took the left turn. The otherworldly sound that the vehicle makes was also evident, highlighting the impression that the Semi is truly a futuristic long-hauler," Alvarez writes in Teslarati.
He also notes several factors, which enable the Semi to achieve its stellar acceleration figures. "During the vehicle’s unveiling back in 2017, Elon Musk remarked that the Semi is equipped with four Model 3-derived electric motors, which allow the vehicle to hit 60 mph in 5 seconds without a trailer. Even with a trailer, the Semi could hit highway speeds in about 20 seconds, far quicker than traditional, diesel-powered Class 8 trucks," he writes.
In the meantime, Tesla Semi has a new companion: the new Volvo VNR Electric Class-8 truck.
“The Volvo VNR Electric marks a significant step forward for electromobility in an industry that we are committed to leading as it undergoes rapid, significant change,” said the President of Volvo Trucks North America Peter Voorhoeve. “Volvo Trucks believes and invests in sustainable electromobility. Our deep understanding of the transportation ecosystem—the technology, infrastructure and applications in the trucking industry—have enabled us to deliver a solution that is both advanced yet easy to own and operate.”
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