Image of Alleged Tesla Semi Leaked on Reddit
Sleek Styling Could Result in Most Aero-Efficient Truck in History
An image of what might be the upcoming Tesla semitruck was leaked on Reddit yesterday. The semi appears on the flatbed of a conventional big rig, likely being prepared for transport from one test facility to another.
As seen in the brightened and zoomed pic above, the Tesla semi takes an incredibly aerodynamic form, with a narrow, cab-forward design and sleek frontal profile to help cut down on wind resistance. Furthermore, the Tesla experts on Reddit suggested the big rig will also likely feature full wheel covers for reduced aero drag, and a taller removable fairing (visible on the left side of the photo) will smooth out the air over box trailers. Take a mental picture of the truck with the fairing attached, then compare it to Tesla's official teaser photo below. Close, no?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the semi’s tentative reveal date would be October 26 at the company’s facility in Hawthorne, California. That timeline would suggest we could see Tesla big rigs on the road as soon as 2020 or 2021, with an estimated range of up to 300 miles. The truck’s day cab–plus design supports that range theory, giving truckers a bit more room than some day cabs, but not as much as a full sleeper. As such, the Tesla truck could be a good fit for out-and-back two-day deliveries, rather than cross-country shipments.
Whether the Tesla truck actually shakes up the logistics industry remains to be seen, but given the company’s success in changing luxury buyers’ opinions of electrics, it could do the same for trucking.