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    Default Tesla Semi (EV) (and a new Roadster!)

    Would an Autobot be too much to ask for?

    An electric semi truck. There may be some cross development going on here with Daimler's electric truck project - its head moved to Tesla a couple years ago.

    John Gardi frequently gets inside information from Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, etc.

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    Tesla Semi Truck unveil to be webcast live on Thursday at 8pm! This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension. Just need to find my portal gun ...
    4:30 PM - Nov 12, 2017

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    Coming soon, like this Thursday... #TeslaSemi!
    4:55 PM - Nov 13, 2017

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    Tesla has problems ramping up production of 3 sedan. Developing innovative ideas is different from getting logistics and engineering for production ramp-up in place. So they need more positive news as they have issued bonds and to sustain stock.

    Autonomous trucks are coming and other companies are also working on them, I remember Volvo having worked on this. I also know a thing or two about trucking business. Here leasing of truck (7y life) and trailer (10y life) costs around 20k/y while driver gross annual salary is around 30k/y. This is why many companies in EU moved HQ to Romania and so that they can employ drivers for less. Driver is still more than half of cost.

    I debated Tesla with my friend who is really into finance and accounting. He said that Tesla may be overvalued but that historically people who bet against companies where customers drive demand were on the loosing side.
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    Ramping Model 3 production is different than most other changeovers, Tesla is almost completely automating production and having the line run at a very high speed. Getting it right now could save a lot of trouble with future models based on the Model 3 chassis; the Model Y crossover and Pickup.

    To facilitate this they recently acquired one of the main companies making their automation hardware. Direct vs indirect control.

    The Tesla Semi has, um, connections to the Daimler electric semi program.
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    A little from the Semi (and new Roadster) introduction tonight,

    Tesla Semi

    4 motors
    0-60 in 5 seconds, 0-60 in 20s with an 80klb load (36.287 tonnes)
    Super aerodynamic
    Up to 500 mile range
    Center-seated driver
    Cab interior 6' 6" high (1.981m)
    Comes in space gray
    $5000 for a reservation
    Production in 2019

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    Tesla Semi drivetrain is guaranteed to last 1M miles = to more than 40 trips around the earth
    11:52 PM - Nov 16, 2017



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    0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 sec https://t.co/xTOTDGuwQj

    Roadster: up to 1,000 km range, 2+2
    250 mph

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    Tesla ✔@Tesla
    View from the cockpit
    11:40 PM - Nov 16, 2017

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    Nice!

    I'm a bit puzzled why they claim center seating position is better for visibility. The roads are not symmetrical, and for example when seated on the left you have a better angle to see what is in a sidestreet to your right. Of course, such trucks will most likely drive mainly on big roads where that type of visibility is less of an issue.

    I also wonder if it meets the restrictions for Europe. Here, almost all trucks are cab-over, as there is a limit on the maximum length of the truck. This seems to be a longer construction than a standard cab-over, but it may be an illusion. (the trailer seems to be closer)
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