Tesla Semi Doesn’t Seem Least Bit Bothered By Trailer

While blue-collar truck drivers might not care all that much about 0-60 times, seeing something this big accelerate this quickly can be quite fascinating.

On paper, Elon Musk’s idea of a semi truck needs just 5 seconds to get to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill. That’s quicker than something like a BMW 335i, and about as fast as one of those FIA Race Trucks, which are known to have over 1,000 HP.

The 5-second time however applies to an unladen semi, and not one carrying a trailer. Add the extra weight and Tesla says the acceleration time goes up by 15 seconds, to 20 seconds flat. However, it’s possible the EV-maker might be underselling it.

This footage captured via dashcam, shows a Tesla Semi slowly turning onto a main road and taking off as if it was…pretty much a regular car. We know it’s not the same as a standstill launch, but even so, that type of acceleration seems pretty good – for it to take a full 20-seconds to reach 60 mph that is.

Naturally, these performance figures will vary based on what the cargo is and the precise amount of weight being pulled, but from what we’ve seen so far, merging on a highway or overtaking slower (regular) semis, should be a breeze for this truck.

  • ace_9

    Are we again going to pretend, that the acceleration is the most important characteristic even for the truck? Should I brace myself for incoming flood of drag strip videos?

    • S3XY

      Yes. More smackdowns. A Semi truck spanking gas guzzling sports cars.

      • LWOAP

        Keep dreaming.

      • ace_9

        Yeah, I mean ok, it is quick, but why always everyone gets so fixated just on this one thing? It has plenty of other advantages, so focusing on acceleration with semi truck seems to be almost counter productive. I have a hard time to believe that any company considering electric trucks are concerned so much about acceleration. I don’t like also other teslas precisely for the reason that I’m disgusted by the type of people buying it. Either they are wanna be tree huggers pr they brag about acceleration, like its everything in road car. I cannot help myself, but it rendered all teslas as cars for posers for me.

        • Mark Potochnik

          I bet once they get used to it, they won’t want to go back….
          65 mph on a 5% grade. I see these loaded semis accelerating so slow.
          I bet the cars behind will appreciate it. No slow and no smell.
          Family cars putting “performance” cars to shame!

          • ace_9

            For truck companies it is mostly about running costs, efficiency, reliability, etc. And I don’t agree with the last sentence, but it depends on point of view. For me cars are also about the engine sound and overall feel. I really don’t care if big heavy sterile tesla is faster than some nice sports car. It simply does not matter. But I can understand that for someone acceleration could be 90 % of performance car definition.

          • Mark Potochnik

            Getting the acceleration does not take away from the other benefits you mentioned.
            I used to be like you and liked the noise of cars. I haven’t ridden in a Tesla yet, but watched enough videos…. Used to like race car, jet and motorcycle noise. Now that my brain has been converted I find engine noise irritating.
            Now when I see somebody rumbling down the street THINKING that they have a fast car, I’m thinking how silly they are because I know that there are faster wooooshmobiles out there.

      • Moveon Libtards

        So said the 6-year-old Tesla fanboy.

        I seriously think Tesla fanboys are a bunch of hillbillies from the 1960s who have nothing better to do but drag race their hick cars.

        Ever see a Tesla on the race track? It is a joke.

    • rodriguez256

      Just because they’re posting a video that has to deal with the acceleration doesn’t mean that’s the most important characteristic. It’s just different to witness a stock production semi pull off those speeds. It’s one of the aspects that’s seperate this from a regular semi, amongst other characteristics of course.

      • Mark Potochnik

        You get the acceleration as a BONUS.

    • Moveon Libtards

      “While blue-collar truck drivers might not care all that much about 0-60 times, seeing something this big accelerate this quickly can be quite fascinating.”

      Haha, yeah, to a bunch of small-minded, clearly not very intelligent or mature CS bloggers who are

      I guess that is what they get excited about when Tesla’s cant do anything else well, like say…cornering, vehicle dynamics, quality fit and finish, or actually SELL more than a few thousand a year. Lol Tesla is such a joke, but small minds get amused by how fast sge can go in a straight line I guess.

  • Merc1

    It does appear effortless.



    No one cares about acceleration except fanboys. Truck drivers are more concerned about range and how much cargo they can haul not how fast they can get to 60 mph. Besides, why would you want to go 60 in less than 20 seconds when you are trying to get your load to its destination in one piece?

    • Jason Miller

      Super fast acceleration unnecessary, but it will be nice to be behind one of these things and have them get up to speed faster than a typical semi with a full load that creeps up to the speed limit.

    • S3XY

      What is wrong with you?

      It’s a Semi truck hauling azz making no noise while burning no gas. That’s extremely impressive and something to appreciate and applaud.

      You never have anything good to say ever about Tesla.

      I’m not sure how this constant negativity has transpired in you.

      You have issues dude.

      • LWOAP

        What’s wrong with you? I’m just stating the obvious. The Semi’s 0 to 60 time is not important; hauling capacity is.

        • Mark Potochnik

          Will haul the same weight..

        • Blue Gum

          Not slowing down traffic is massive for everyone else, also removes a common complaint against trucks.

          • LWOAP

            People complain about everything these days. A slow truck on the highway is not important.

          • Blue Gum

            It’s important for safety.

    • Mark Potochnik

      Embarrasses you when a rookie comes in and shows you up?
      Once you get used to the speed you won’t want to go back.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

    • Jason Miller

      UGH! Another person with no life.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Another CS Tesla article. Ugh.

        Trying hard because Tesla keeps falling. How’s that Model 3 working out?

      • Knotmyrealname

        …and nothing to say.

  • Stephen G

    After reading the title of this article I’ve realized that my SUV seems unemotional about the utility trailer I make it tow sometimes.

  • S3XY

    Very impressive.

    We normally try to get around and pass slow smelly trucks, but when this thing comes out it will be doing pulls on us trying to get by.

    This truck is going to make us it’s b*tch lol.

  • Mark Potochnik

    0 to 60 in 5 sec with no trailer or an empty trailer…

    0 to 60 in 20 sec with 80,000 LB gross weight.

    • Jay

      Thanks Elon.

    • LWOAP

      And your point is?

  • Mark Potochnik

    How about…
    80% off of fuel costs…
    Don’t replace windshield.
    Don’t replace brakes.
    95% less parts to break….
    And many more….

  • Jay

    While I am impressed I’m also worried about the incoming racing trucks on the road.


      • Jay

        people with too much money on there hands will do anything

  • Pedro Pereira

    Lots of cargo getting smashed in the back of the trailer.

    • James Denz

      Hard breaking in a conventional truck would have the same effect. A properly assembled load won’t be effected in either case.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Hey, look, the Tesla goes a block without catching on fire!

    Tesla fanboys get so excited at the simplest things, dont they?

  • Moveon Libtards

    “While blue-collar truck drivers might not care all that much about 0-60 times, ”

    No, but highly uneducated, small-minded, CS bloggers/ Tesla fanboys seem to be obsessed with 0-60 times. Reminds me of the hillbillies from the 60 racin’ dem muscle cars…lol

  • Nordschleife

    Just because it goes fast doesn’t mean every truck driver willl drive it that way but it would have been nice to have a point of reference for 0-60 times of unladen and ladened trucks that use ice’s.


  • smartacus

    the road surface was never designed
    for quickly accelerating such heavy loads.
    All it does is degrade the asphalt quicker.

    slowly accelerating freight is much better.

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