Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds

Tesla has officially unveiled its long-awaited Semi, and as expected, company chief executive Elon Musk is touting it as the future of trucking.

First, the most important number of them all. 500 miles. According to Tesla, that is the official range of the Tesla Semi under highway conditions when it is towing its full 80,000 lbs load. When fully loaded, the semi will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-truck on the market. Remove the trailer and it’ll reach the same mark in five seconds.

Making the Tesla Semi so brisk off the line are the four independent electric motors, driving the four wheels at the rear.

Another interesting thing about the Tesla Semi is that Musk says it will be impossible for the vehicle to jackknife. In order to avoid this, the Semi will use its independent rear wheels to dynamically adjust torque to ensure a jackknife never occurs.

Unsurprisingly, every Tesla Semi sold will come with Enhanced Autopilot as standard. Consequently, the Semi will include automatic lane keep assist and autonomous braking.

Despite being the brand’s first attempt at a truck, the Tesla Semi will allegedly be incredibly reliable. In fact, the automaker will guarantee that it will not break down in the first million miles. Owners will also benefit from the brand’s new Megachargers, powerful chargers which can add up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

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  • Zandit75

    Just give us what we really want!

    • TheHake

      Yep. I can’t believe Musk cheated us out of that Highwayman truck look. He had ONE job.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Eh, give it a month.

      • Victor DB_2017


  • ErnieB

    I want my truckers license now! That looks like the future I always imagined!! Lol

    • Sébastien

      Save on the license, those will be self driving sooner than most expect

    • RDS Alphard

      Save it, they are semi-autonomous & soon full-autonomous, getting rid of driver.

      • Silimarina

        I don’t think truck drivers will be removed in the next 10-15 years.There are many situation when skill will be useful.Sure, driving on highway will be done by the truck


  • Six Thousand Times

    Some of that may even be true!

    • Russ Hanneman

      Hey look, something that can tow Six Thousand times’ mom!

      • Six Thousand Times

        Hey, thanks for trolling! I always appreciate a fan.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Dude, come on.

        • Russ Hanneman

          You’re right. It’s excessive I know, but six thousand times is a loser. Sad!

  • Gullet

    Impressive! A bit bald though to promise no breakdowns for a million miles.

    • Silimarina

      Well an electric motor has far fewer moving parts than a ICE

      • Moveon Libtards

        And lots of battery fires and autopilot crashes to boot.

      • Gullet

        Well of course I am aware of that, but a semi is quite complex and not all breakdowns are related to the drivetrain.

        • Silimarina

          Well i think that’s what they imply, it’s only for the drivetrain


  • Tumbi Mtika

    A fucking Semi Truck is now on the list of production cars and trucks FASTER than a Toyota 86.

    Let that sink in.

    • karmat

      Ya faster than my Mini Cooper S too damnit.

    • RDS Alphard

      It’s faster than a lot of sports car, not just 86.

    • R55

      Not even regarded as a quick car, strange comparison.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Yup, thousands of metal hurling down the highway at ludicrous speed. Not smart.

    • Honda NSX-R

      86? It’s faster than an NSX…

      • Tumbi Mtika

        My god…

        • Honda NSX-R

          It can even smoke stock Supra Turbos, and any of its other competitors from the 90s. This Tesla truck can also smoke a G63 AMG. Holy shit.

          • Tumbi Mtika


          • Honda NSX-R

            Technology has a come long way I guess.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Optimus Prime has arrived.

    • Six_Tymes


    • PK

      Then the Mercedes Benz Future Truck 2025 is Megatron! 😀

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I can drink to that.

  • S3XY

    A Semi Truck is going to be embarrassing supercars now. Lol. Almost. But most cars. Amazing.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      It’s already on the “Toyota, give the 86 more power!” list. That’s a damn good start.

    • R55

      Waiting for the Drag Racing wagers truckers can now earn on the side

  • karmat

    The convoy technology is interesting too…he said it competes with rail.

  • Gnoxy

    That pickup with the batteries from the Semi will run the Baja 1,000 on a single charge.

  • CJKnox

    “Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds”

    How am I supposed to speed past semi trucks now? It sounds like they’ll be passing me in the future!?


  • Some ol’ bloke

    This is the first time I was excited for a truck.


    nice truck btw

  • Marty

    Problem: today’s trucks are “cluttered with third party devices”.

    Solution: two hideous screens that look like third party devices.

    The cockpit of a truck is someone’s work environment, for whole days. It needs to be accommodating and warm. I think this is a bad design choice.

    • TheHake

      *gasps* You’re not allowed to criticize!

    • CarCzarDesigner

      I have to agree. It is rather sterile. It will be interesting to see what impact Tesla has and how these compete in the marketplace.

      • Marty

        Even Scania and Volvo Trucks has had problems on some markets because their interiors weren’t cosy enough.

        The funny thing is that I’m a fan of for minimalistic, functionalistic “Scandinavian” design, which many people find sterile and empty. But there is a difference between Scandinavian car interiors and the inside of a porta-loo. 🙂

  • Miknik

    Given how average Semi drivers behave in traffic, a 5 seconds to 60 performance is just exactly what safety needs…

    • Shobin Drogan

      And 2 touchscreens to distract them even more.

  • Craig

    Elon Musk is a man of great faith. It’s why he’s been so successful.

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Elon Musk isn’t religious. he seems to be an atheist. Quote from Musk (Wikipedia):

      “Well, I do. Do I think that there’s some sort of master intelligence architecting all of this stuff? I think probably not because then you have to say: “Where does the master intelligence come from?” So it sort of begs the question. So I think really you can explain this with the fundamental laws of physics. You know it’s complex phenomenon from simple elements.”

      Also on Wikipedia:

      “Musk has stated that he does not pray, or worship any being, although previously admitted to praying before an important Falcon 1 launch, asking “any entities that [were] listening” to “bless [the] launch”. When asked whether he believed “religion and science could co-exist”, Musk replied “probably not” “

      • Craig

        I didn’t say anything about religion.

  • Jds65

    How much is it though ? Its gotta cost a fck ton. If it has that much range potential,especially under 80k pounds of load, this thing is packing a lot of costly batteries.Also, a million miles? How about clearing 10k problem free miles with Cars you currently produce. Elon is clever af, boosting shareholders confidence and raising even more capital even in the lowest of times.Also, he really like messing with the short sellers lol.

  • f1300

    What would you like to Transport in a truck which accelerates that way? Potatoes? As much as I like them mashed, I don’t need that much…

    • Marty

      I think they have invented some sort of pedal to regulate that instead of a big red button that says “launch”.

      • f1300

        Yeah, they keep saying that. As well as those legendary “indicators” which ought to be used so that anyone knows where you are heading. But it seems that they never put those onto production… 😉

        • Marty

          I think it’s a matter of production quality. They seem to break quite easily on some brands.

  • rover10

    If 30 minutes is true, this could make such a vehicle a viable proposition. However, will there be enough charging points and space to accommodate vehicles parked for 30 minutes or more?

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds
    Oooh! Powerful but a bit premature.

  • Gullet

    I wonder what the weight is? I don’t know how it works in the US but total weight is essential for semis in Europe anyway.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Weight is a problem in the US as well. I don’t see this as an issue for these particular trucks.

  • fabri99

    Kinda looks like those people with very high forehead. Plus, I’m not really sure whether it is safe to have such performance figures on a semi, especially in corners.

  • Kagan

    When will it come for real!

  • Vassilis

    Cool! What’s the range of modern diesel semis?

  • Jerry Hightower

    I wonder what the price will be?

  • Infinite1

    Great claims but I want to see it in action

  • Bash


  • Moveon Libtards

    Wake me when Elon stops talking and actually has them on the road.

    Still waiting on the Model 3, Tesla. Chevy had no problem with the Bolt. Why do you?

  • Dennis Scipio

    That’s almost insane that a big semi truck can go so fast in a little amount of time.

  • Smith

    WOW, does Wall Street have anything to say? Oh yes, the stock price will rise even closer to Mars now and the Ponzi scheme just gets bigger and bigger. Elon makes Bernie Madoff look like a saint, really. Ferrari sports car specs in a Class 8, why and how much will this cost? Really, this is pushing the bullsh1t a little too far, even for Musk. Someone in Wall Street needs to say enough is enough, come on guys, stop being so blind.

  • Dennis James

    The cabin is quite narrow and seems to be a single-seater. Where do you put the hooker ?

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