In a time where emissions regulation is more critical than ever before, Tesla is leading in the way we innovate towards a cleaner future. When we think of traditional semi trucks, we are brought to the thought of large, gas-guzzling, polluting machines – not really the staple of an environmental shift. But, Tesla took the idea of electric cars and applied it to a larger vehicle. The company simply asked the question of “why hasn’t someone done this yet?” “Why hasn’t someone tackle one of the biggest exhaust/emissions problems by starting with the easiest target – the truck?” So, they did just that.
Introducing the Tesla Semi Truck. The next big thing in green innovation.
According Zac Estrada of The Verge, “Musk appeared Thursday night in Hawthorne, California, to show off his company’s newest vehicle, promising a range in the neighborhood of 500 miles for the Class 8 heavy-duty vehicle. Earlier reports pegged the range between 200 and 300 miles, but Musk delighted in besting those numbers in his remarks, including his claim that the truck has a 400-mile range with 30 minutes of charging. Musk had also promised self-driving abilities, and Tesla says this delivers at least semi-autonomous capability” (Estrada, 1).
“After the reveal, it’s clear Tesla hopes its innovative packaging and approach will resonate with truck drivers and fleet managers who are tired of the way the vehicles have been designed for decades. After all, it won’t be alone in the electric truck market. Companies with experience in large trucks, such as Cummins and Daimler, have already announced plans for electrified models, with immense pressure coming from cities and countries anxious to reduce air pollution in heavily populated areas” (Estrada, 1).
Tesla has curated a heavy-power vehicle capable of providing clean transit for over 500 miles on a single, 30-minute charge. This is something unmatched, but will eventually face competition. The Verge made it clear that Tesla has now paved the way for the adoption of this new product. Companies across the globe will be empowered by large cities to push these vehicles onto the road. In order to combat pollution and create a more efficient world, this may be the right step in that direction.
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