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Tesla Semi Prototypes Racking Up Road Miles

Discussion in 'Semi' started by TMC Staff, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. TMC Staff

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    With sightings across the country, it seems the Tesla Semi prototypes are getting some road testing ahead of production.

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    I wonder if they were hauling batteries?
     
  3. NeverFollow

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    I wonder where the semi are recharged. I never saw any picture while charging.
    However they must stop somewhere every 200 miles or so?

    The plug combination seems quite interesting.
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  4. GTKAZ

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    I've seen them also plug into regular superchargers, however you statement that they need stop every 200 miles is inaccurate. They're supposed to have 600 mile range with a load (at least for the bigger battery truck)
     
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    Does they use each of the 8 plugs?
    They must have some special extension cable?
    I imagine that they use only 4 plugs at the time, otherwise they would need very long extension cables?
    Does they try avoiding sharing the same charger combination (A and B) to get optimum charging speed?
     
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    They could be having a gas generator inside the trailer that charges the battery while driving ..

    .. just saying :)
     
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    All good questions I honestly don't have answers for. I'm sure we'll start seeing megachargers setup in the next 6 months and most likely at factories of the big buyers. I have a feeling the semi-truck will actually begin production ahead of schedule....for once lol
     
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    They have a custom junction box currently that allows them to combine the outputs of two superchargers in to a plug that fits the Semi.
     
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    The bigger pack is spec'd at 500 miles range, not 600.

    However both the current test trucks purportedly are the smaller 300 mile range versions.
     
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    You're right, they did state 500 in the unveiling. When the truck is actually released remember this post :)
     
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    They use either an extension cord with 1 cable from a single supercharger pedestal or they use an extension that goes to a box that combines 2 cables from 2 pedestals.

    It's not the normal method for charging the semi. There is a native larger charger connection without using the adapter / extension cord at a normal supercharger.
     
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    It is too bad they don't sell that extension. Could be useful if you have been ICE'd or even can't back in due to a bike rack or something.
     
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    That article is a month old and has been discussed here quite a bit...

    I don't see it on this Posting.
     
  15. NeverFollow

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    It looks like the semi lost their tires side protection?

    Also, I wonder why the black semi don't get the top roof like the silver one has to provide for better profiling?

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