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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.

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.

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.

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.