Someone caught a Tesla Semi burning rubber on the streets of Northern California, and let’s just say we’re all a little stunned.
When you think of a semi-trailer truck, a lot of things come to mind. Size is one, obviously, as well as towing power. Fuel efficiency is another big factor with semis, what with the constant traveling across highways around the world. There’s a little bit of accommodation to consider since the semi driver is going to be spending long hours just sitting there driving. Then there are giant wheels that don’t so much burn rubber as gently massage them into the pavement over long periods.
That's when Tesla came along with a new design for a semi truck and blows all those preconceptions out of the water.
First, there’s no fuel. Everything is electric, so that’s bound to save some gas. Second is comfort, as the cockpit looks like a fighter jet. A big, spacious fighter jet with cup holders and cushy heated seats. And best of all, there’s some ludicrous power. We don’t know how much exactly, but now there’s some video evidence to show that there’s a lot of it.
From lucky YouTube user Richard Fielder comes this video of Tesla’s semi caught tearing pavement down some quiet light industrial street. It could be near Tesla’s factory or it could be anywhere in Silicon Valley. But what we do know is this could be the fastest tractor-trailer truck ever built.
First, there’s a whine as capacitors build up charge in the electric motors. Then there’s a surprisingly loud roar as all four rear motors spool up to full speed and practically launch the truck down the road. The whole thing sounds like a rocket ship. There are even two trails of molten rubber where the truck was moments ago.
Tesla advertises the Semi’s 0 to 60 time is 25 seconds with a full load (which is nearly 80,000 lbs, by the way), but Elon Musk himself has admitted that without a trailer it’s capable of getting there much faster. Like, sub-five seconds faster.
This thing is faster than most family sedans and certainly faster than any semi-truck we’ve ever seen.