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  • Elon Musk Tweet Says Ultra-Quick Electric Big Rig “No Problem”

Elon Musk Tweet Says Ultra-Quick Electric Big Rig “No Problem”

Response to Fan Tweet Promises Super-Fast Class 8 Electric Truck

Mar 24, 2017
While the benchmark 0-60 acceleration measurement is a common one for passenger cars and light trucks, it is rarely used as a benchmark with Class 8 trucks, for which 0-60 is usually measured in miles, especially with a full load. While it was hard to find definitive data on Class 8 acceleration, the ballpark figure seems to be around 15-20 seconds unloaded, and as much as one minute or more with a full trailer load. Even the upcoming Nikola One hybrid Class 8 big rig is claiming a 30-second 0-60 time with a load, which the company is claiming is “unbelievable” acceleration for that class of vehicle. So consider our minds partially blown by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter reply to a fan saying “I can’t wait to see a Tesla semi truck beat sports cars at 0-60.” Musk cavalierly replied, “No problem.”
The physics involved in getting at 15-20,000 pound truck to accelerate at a pace that could even rival “sporty” cars is mind-boggling. If we accept that seven seconds flat is the benchmark standard for “sporty” acceleration, then that would mean acceleration more than twice as quick as current trucks. Even more important for Class 8 drivers than gunning for pinks behind the neighborhood Pilot station is on-ramp and merging acceleration. If Tesla could cut the fully loaded on-ramp 0-60 time in half again from Nikola’s claim of 30 seconds to 15 seconds or less, could actually provide tuckers a useful safety advantage. Although it would certainly mess with the minds of other drivers assuming they can floor it and get around the “slow” big-rig merging onto the freeway. What do you think? Is Musk bluffing, or are super-quick big rigs in our near future?
Source: Elon Musk via Twitter