If you follow this sort of thing, you may be aware that Tesla, the electric car maker who has come out of nowhere to lead that industry segment, unveiled their new over-the-road truck this week known as the Tesla “Semi”. As no price was announced, and production isn’t slated to start until 2019, you might be wondering why a trailer dealer is interested. Although we have some trucks from time to time, Green Trailer is not looking to start carrying any truck line let alone an electric one from Tesla or anyone else. Yet, we are small business owners just like you and this will have an impact on the trucking industry like few others have, and that is worth publishing.
A couple of articles are below delving into the specs Tesla offered on their Semi and its poential impact on trucking, but for our take this seems to begin a trend for the short haul routes from Houston to Dallas and back that shouldn’t be ignored. The unit is said to have a range of 500 miles per charge, and can go 400 of those miles after just a 30-minute charge. With no transmission and four electric motors, Tesla claims there is a minimum amount of maintenance which needs to be performed and covers the unit for up to 1 Million miles. Without a production model yet, these claims have yet to be tested but if electric vehicles from Tesla or anyone are even half true, it could decrease the overall cost of ownership significantly putting more trucks in the hands of smaller businesses and more drivers.
Of course many of us, through Hollywood or press coverage, are likely aware of the “driverless car” revolution which is being tested. These ideas have been spread to trucking too with fully autonomous and semi-autonomous trucks under development. Of course this matters to drivers who wonder if there jobs will be replaced by driverless vehicles. We can’t yet speculate if that will happen or not, but the flip side of that train of thought is with lower maintenance costs, lower purchase prices, and a vehicle which is easier to operate, perhaps the field of driving would open up to people who might not otherwise consider it. We will always need “stuff” and more options to bring it to us, and if a large truck becomes as easy to drive as a pickup truck would more people consider this career? Not sure, but it’s worth considering.
Of course no matter which kind of truck you drive, it will need a trailer adn we can certainly help with that. Contact Us to see what we have to offer.
Also Read This Article: Tesla Semi: The Big Questions About Costs, Benefits Ahead of Trucking Disruption