The market for heavy-duty electric trucks is heating up—long-established OEMs and startups alike are moving on from the pilot stage, and filling substantial orders from customers. During a recent conversation with Rustam Kocher, once Charging Infrastructure Lead at Daimler Trucks North America and now a consultant (watch for the full interview in the next print… Read more »
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Frito-Lay’s “sustainability showcase” features Tesla Semis, electric trucks, solar+storage
Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, is transforming its Modesto, California, facility into “a showcase for sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution technologies.” The 80-acre, 500,000-square-foot Modesto site, one of Frito-Lay’s largest manufacturing facilities in the US, features several classes of EVs, along with on-site solar energy generation, storage and EV charging stations. Green goodies in service… Read more »
Sniffing out the specs of the Tesla Semi
Automakers differ widely in how forthcoming they are with technical specs. When one German automaker released its first major EV model, it hosted a press event at which cutaway versions of battery packs and electric motors were on display, and the engineers who designed them were on hand to answer questions. In contrast, another Teutonic… Read more »
The Tesla Semi is in production at last! Pepsico will get the first deliveries.
The Tesla Semi, an electric Class 8 truck, was hailed as a game-changer when it was unveiled in 2017. However, planned production dates were pushed back repeatedly, and other companies (Kenworth, Freightliner, Volvo) beat Tesla to the market, while the erstwhile EV trend-setter pursued other priorities. Now Tesla has announced that Semi production has begun,… Read more »
Tesla deploys first Megacharger to charge Tesla Semi
The Tesla Semi is sure to be a real game-changer when it finally hits the road, but at this point it’s anybody’s guess when that will be (we all know how Tesla hates to set deadlines it may not be able to meet). A massive EV like the Semi is going to need a massive… Read more »
Will the game-changing Tesla Semi really go into production this year?
A viable electric Class 8 truck would be a massive disruptor of the global transport system, and since the unveiling of the Tesla Semi in 2017, we’ve been on the edge of our ergonomic bucket seats, waiting for it to appear on highways. Alas, Tesla’s production schedule has suffered more delays than the LA Freeway…. Read more »
Truck leasing firm orders 150 Tesla Semi electric trucks
Tesla is using the same reservation system for the Tesla Semi as it has used for its previous vehicles. By requiring a cash deposit with each pre-order, the company is able to bring in some cash before it even begins production. It’s a model that other automakers can only envy (and it does benefit customers… Read more »
Musk says Tesla Semi may have a 600-mile range
Now that the furor over Elon Musk’s rudeness to those poor little stock analysts has faded, let’s look at some of the interesting information that was revealed on Tesla’s quarterly earnings call. One of several tantalizing tidbits dropped by Musk: he expects the production version of the Tesla Semi to have a 600-mile range. When… Read more »
Mercedes begins real-world testing of its eActros electric truck, with a wary eye on the Tesla Semi
Mercedes-Benz Trucks will put its new electric truck, the eActros, on the road with customers for real-world trials in 2018. Ten vehicles in two variants, with a gross vehicle weight of 18 or 25 tons, will be tested under real-life conditions by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland. These customers operate in different sectors and… Read more »
Tesla collaborates with customers to build on-site charging terminals for Tesla Semi
Tesla has promised game-changing specs for its Tesla Semi, but has said little about the charging infrastructure the electric truck will use. Now Reuters reports that Tesla is collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS to build on-site charging terminals at their facilities. The companies said that the partnerships include design and engineering from Tesla, but… Read more »