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Old 11-17-2017, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
Oh look, another Ryan Felton article. What a surprise.
ad hominem. what's wrong with his analysis? That is, apart from not being complimentary enough towards Tesla.

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Originally Posted by DSeid View Post
How much utility does a semi with 300 miles of range have? Even 500? And batteries that size take a while to charge.
for long haul? Dubious, but we'll wait and see. Long haul competitors like the Freightliner Cascadia and Kenworth T680 can carry 300+ gallons of diesel, and at roughly 8 mpg that's 2400 miles total range per fill. I believe the limit for truck drivers is 11 consecutive on-road hours, so hauling something cross country at 65 mph gets you ~ 700 ish miles before the driver is legally required to stop for rest. The Tesla would already be tapped out. at least for a while, this doesn't look like something an owner-operator would take a chance on.

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Delivery trucks with defined routes routes and batteries that can recharge between running routes as they are reloaded ... that makes sense. A semi?
that would make more sense, for a company-owned fleet with company-employed drivers (e.g. Wal*Mart, Meijer, etc.) The tractors are pretty much interchangeable, so drivers could make their deliveries, leave the tractor for recharging, and hop into a fully-charged one to take back to the warehouse. FCA does this with their regional inter-facility fleet except they run on CNG. Just roll trucks among drivers as they're fueled (on site) as available.

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Seems to me that Tesla needs to focus more on executing their current project well before moving on to the next big idea.
well, yes; it's rather strange to announce something like this while you're still scrambling putting Model 3s together with chewing gum and baling wire.