Telsa claims it will have the lowest cost of ownership at half the cost when they are several are used to together to drive in a energy saving drafting convoy.
Safest Truck EverEnhanced Autopilot helps avoid collisions, a centered driver position provides maximum visibility and control, and a low center of gravity offers rollover protection.
An ACS energy journal article expected a 600 mile range electric semi truck would cost $400,000. Tesla will sell them for $200,000 and as low as $150,000 for shorter 300 mile range trucks.
Currently diesel semi trucks cost $120,000.
Tesla is rapidly bringing battery costs down to $100 per KWh. This will likely occur by 2020.
Battery costs will continue to fall at about 7-12% per year.
If Tesla can make the batteries last and keep the other maintenance issues under control, then the electric semi truck will get to the $120,000 diesel truck price in about 2025. They will then have better than half the operating costs as the initial costs drop.
Acceleration 0-60 mph with 80k lbs 20 sec Speed up a 5% Grade 65 mph Mile Range 300 or 500 miles Powertrain 4 Independent Motors on Rear Axles Energy Consumption Less than 2 kWh / mile Fuel Savings $200,000+ Expected Base Price (300 mile range) $150,000 Expected Base Price (500 mile range) $180,000 Base Reservation $20,000 Expected Founders Series Price $200,000 Founders Series Reservation $200,000