Tesla’s all-electric Semi truck is expected to have a battery range of 200 to 300 miles per single charge according to a new report by Reuters.
On the heels of the recent production of the Long Range Model 3 sedan, the California-based electric car company is set to debut in September its first electric truck aimed at the commercial freight industry.
While there hasn’t been any word on how large of a battery pack Tesla intends to use for its upcoming semi-truck, CEO Elon Musk reassured investors during Tesla’s 2017 Shareholder meeting that the company is confident that they can tackle the heavy duty long-range trucking segment and already has a prototype that can be driven like a “sports car”.
“A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy duty long-range truck that is electric. But, we are confident that this can be done.” said Musk.
According to Reuters, Ryder executive Scott Perry reportedly met with Tesla officials earlier this year and learned that the company is targeting regional hauling with its upcoming Tesla Semi. The all-electric truck will have a travel range between 200 to 300 miles while supporting a typical payload.
“I’m 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,” said Perry, who is the chief technology officer and chief procurement officer for Ryder.
Details of the technology intended for Tesla’s semi-truck remain sparse. However, we learned earlier in the month that Tesla is looking to use platooning technology and test its fleet of self-driving electric trucks in Nevada and California, according to information leaked in an emailbetween Tesla and Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
“To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle,” read the email by Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn.
Tesla’s truck program is being led by Jerome Guillen, VP of Trucks and Programs. Guillen brings an extensive background in long-haul trucking, having previously worked at Daimler and was General Manager of New Product Development at Freightliner Trucks.