Not many people think that if 2 years ago the Tesla Motor Company, which is a company that is skilled in designing electric cars, decided to enliven the competition in commercial vehicles. At that time Tesla first exhibited this Tesla Semi Truck. This semi read ‘Semai’ does not mean that it is almost a truck, but the mention of Semai is indeed common for the trucks there. This truck made by Tesla can be the game changer for the world of truck competition in America.
Because, in his home country, there are many truck players in that class. Because the arteries of the American economy are also dependent on supply chains related to trucks. Starting with Uncle Sam’s own original brands such as MACK, Kenworth Peterbilt. Or trucks from Europe such as Volvo, MAN, Mercedes-Benz and Scania. However, all the truck brands that we mentioned except Tesla, no one uses electricity as their main source of power. The presence of this Tesla Semi Truck will be troublesome and change the competition map. So, how about the review? Follow this review until it runs out.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Front View
Unlike other American trucks, from the front of the Tesla Semi Truck which will go on sale in 2021 has been designed to be very aerodynamic. In fact, the aerodynamics are not playing games, the coefficient of drag (cd) value of 0.38 can be achieved by this Tesla Semi Truck. The cd number is even 0.02 points better than Bugatti Chiron which is a hypercar. Oh yes, the headlamp is full LED (Light Emitting Diode) which has a fast response, power saving, and brighter.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Side View
Continue to the side of this 2021 Tesla Semi Truck, you will see a shape that seems disproportionate and similar to a pufferfish. However, Tesla believes that the shape designed like this will add to the relief of the cabin on the inside. The door handle used by this Tesla truck is also like any other Tesla car, which uses an electric mechanism and can ‘sink’ into the body when locked or the driver has locked the door from inside.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Rear View
On the back of the Tesla Semi Truck is actually normal like a truck to pull containers. Yes, the container because this Tesla truck is sold as a tractor head only. For information, in America there are trucks like this eighteen wheelers, because if the tronton is installed there are 18 wheels. Oh yes, there is an option provided by Tesla for this truck that is the side tire cover, so the cover can cover the side tires for safety needs and slightly improve aerodynamics.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Dashboard Layout
Dashboard layout is also made like a typical Tesla car, which is minimum and clean with minimal physical buttons. There are two large screens on the right and left of the driver. The left screen controls everything related to truck features and instrument panel functions such as speedometer and others, while the right screen can be used to connect to supply management, navigation and truck order management. Really out of the box.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Seat
The seat in the 2021 Tesla Semi Truck is also no less unique. The driver’s seat is located in the middle of the cabin like an old McLaren F1 sports car. However, the purpose of placing the driver’s seat in the middle is not for good weight distribution, but rather for good visibility. Because, in America there truck drivers generally walk alone without any kenek. Therefore, the Tesla Motor Corporation placed the driver’s seat in the middle and two other seats behind the driver.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Steering Wheel
The steering wheel of the Tesla Semi Truck is also different from other trucks in circulation in America. The trucks in his country Barack Obama generally use large designs and studded with physical buttons on his spoke. However, Tesla has a different way, namely by minimizing the buttons on the steering wheel. But don’t worry, just like a modern truck, this steering wheel can also be tilted and telescopic, this makes the driving position more ergonomic and also suits various driver postures.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Payload
The maximum payload or load that can be pulled / transported by this 2021 Tesla Semi Truck is 40 tons. That number is in accordance with the regulation of the maximum load that can be transported in America. What is special is, because this Tesla Semi Truck is a full electric vehicle, the acceleration of this truck is very charming. If this Tesla truck is used while pulling a trailer with a maximum load to accelerate from 0-100 km / h it can be reached in just 20 seconds.
Tesla Semi Truck Review 2021: Summary of Safety & Tesla Autopilot Features
Tesla Motor Corporation has not officially announced the type of dynamo and battery capacity that will be used by this 2021 Tesla Semi Truck. Understandably, this truck is still a prototype. However, if you look at the presentation from Elon Musk two years ago, this truck relies on four electric motors that are embedded in each rear wheel, so that every one side of the wheel there is one electric motor. The battery is also supplied from Panasonic with Lithium-ion type. Tesla’s claim for this truck to charge from 0 to 80% only takes 30 minutes, so the driver can use it when loading and unloading to recharge the battery.
The most amazing thing about this 2021 Tesla Semi Truck is its performance. Elon Musk in his presentation claimed that this eccentric design truck can cover a maximum distance of 500 miles or if converted to kilometers, the distance is 800 kilometers or less. Moreover, the acceleration, to run from 0-60 miles / hour (about 100 km / hour) Tesla Semi Truck is able to complete in just 5 seconds with the condition without pulling the trailer (tractor head only). Obviously these figures are far better than any diesel powered truck.
Conclusion of the Tesla Semi Truck 2021
Is this truck worth buying? If you live in a country where the infrastructure is as good as the United States, then this truck will quickly make you rich. But, if you live in the country where the infrastructure is not as good as other developed countries, then you should buy a truck that is ready just here, for example the Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter, Hino Ranger 500 or Isuzu Giga. As long as regulations in developing country do not yet support environmentally friendly vehicles, potential trucks such as the Tesla Semi Truck that have the potential to change the direction of the game’ will be difficult to compete.