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Tesla Announces Plans for Electric Semi-Truck

Fleets continue to invest in fuel economy technology, according to Fleet Owner, in the hopes of reducing fuel costs.

Thus far, the trend is paying off as Fleet Owner reports that 17 North American fleets have saved "about $29.5 million apiece last year" due to their refinements and investment in fuel economy technology.

As other fleets take notice of these savings, there will be even more interest in the next phase of fuel economy technology or the evolution of alternative energy sources and perhaps electric semi-trucks.

An electric semi-truck might sound like something out of a science fiction novel or Hollywood blockbuster, but it's not and it could happen sooner than you think according to recent industry news.

Earlier this summer, CEO Elon Musk unveiled his "Master Plan, Part Deux" for the future of Tesla Motors Inc. In the plan he called out the need for electronic mass transport and heavy-duty trucks.

The plan can be found on the Tesla blog. Musk writes:

In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.

It's assumed that the initial cost for a Tesla semi-truck could be astronomical when compared to a standard tractor, however, as Musk notes, the long-term reduction in fuel costs would be extremely substantial.

Besides electric vehicles, Tesla Motors Inc. is perhaps most famous for their plans to develop and popularize self-driving, autonomous vehicles for all forms of transportation. According to Musk, the Tesla semi-truck would be no different:

As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely.

There you have it. It's not science fiction. It's the present. A Tesla semi-truck could be unveiled as soon as 2017 that would run on electricity and perhaps, if approved by regulators, be autonomous.

The potential impact of electric semi-trucks on the freight industry would be revolutionary and it seems as though it is not far off. However, there are still more questions than answers surrounding electric vehicles:

What will the cost of the first Tesla semi-truck model cost?

Does the Tesla semi-truck include both the tractor and trailer?

How many miles will a single charge of the Tesla semi-truck last?

How long will it take to fully charge the Tesla semi-truck battery?

These questions should be answered in upcoming months prior to the eventual unveiling of the Tesla semi-truck. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, if your current semi-truck is in need of repair, upgrades or replaced, please contact us at Robertson Truck Sales for a quote.