The Tesla Semi outperforms both its diesel and electric truck competition, according to a new spec analysis.
While many consumers have been wary of electric car technology, especially in the United States, this concern has come to a head following the release of the Tesla Semi. Since semi trucks are responsible for getting a significant amount of goods to their destination, it is understandable that people obviously want the best and most reliable. Fortunately, the analysis is completed by NextBigFuturewhich shows that the Tesla Semi bests its competitors in countless categories.
The analysis done by NextBigThing considers 9 factors when comparing the Tesla Semi to its competitors, including the Nikola Tre, Peterbilt 579EV, Volvo VRNe and many others. The nine factors include price, range, payload, federal rebate, state rebates, efficiency, power, max GCW (gross combined weight) and charge time.
Perhaps most notably, the Tesla Semi outperforms the competition in charging time (30 minutes to an hour), price (under $200,000 with incentives) and maximum range (500 miles). When looking at the competition as a business choice, the obvious choice is clear. The Tesla Semi will not only travel further on a charge, but it will do so while charging several times faster than its nearest competitors, while being powerful enough to complete regular semi-trucks, making the best possible business case for both independent truckers and organizations.
To be fair to the operators, due to the lack of charging infrastructure for Tesla Semis, many correctly point out that it would be difficult to sell to many drivers. But for those who travel a consistent route with access to charging, the Semi may be just what you’re looking for.
The other major obstacle, as pointed out by NextBigFuture, is price. Even with the Tesla Semi undercutting the competition in some cases, it’s still tens of thousands of dollars more expensive than diesel offerings that can easily be had between $130,000 and $160,000. And while operators have been reassured by Tesla’s Semi-reveal event that they will not only save on fuel, but also repair, such a high upfront cost remains a challenge that needs to be addressed.
Overall, the analysis shows how big a leap in technology the Tesla Semi has been, and perhaps it can motivate other car manufacturers to continue to improve and introduce new products. As it stands, if a trucker is looking at an electric truck, the choice is clear, and without continued investment in the space from other brands, it’s hard to see that changing anytime soon.
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