New Video Footage Proves Tesla's Semi Is Needlessly Fast

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
new video footage proves tesla s semi is needlessly fast

Footage of Tesla’s electric semi truck has been circulating around the internet all month — proving the vehicle is more tangible than some might have previously argued. There appears to be at least two test platforms milling around California right now, and one of them is laying rubber on low-speed industrial roads.

While we’re not sure of the logistical merits of an electric semi offering blisteringly fast cab-only acceleration, Tesla’s truck certainly looks capable of trouncing your average bobtailed hauler. There’s even video evidence to back up this claim. However, fleet managers won’t give a rat’s ass about this, as it has nothing to do with optimizing efficiency.

That doesn’t make watching the electric truck pull away any less impressive. We expected Tesla’s hauler to be a torque monster capable of superior acceleration, but this thing looks downright fast. The test platform showcased in the video (found via a Jalopnik sharing) even distributes two rows of rubber directly over the road’s painted “25 mph” marker in an act of utter defiance.

Take that, The Man.

Presumably, the company will want to add some sort of limiter to prohibit lead-footed truckers from doing exactly this once the vehicle goes into production. But Tesla already said the truck is supposedly capable of a 0-to-60 time of about five seconds without a trailer, and Elon Musk claimed it was intentionally designed to “be like a bullet.”

We may see this truck entering commercial service with a silly ludicrous mode that fleet managers have to beg the company to disable.

[Image: Tesla Motors]

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  • 05lgt 05lgt on Feb 23, 2018

    400 miles of range in 30 minutes .... And how much less time on oil changes? Adding 15 minutes to a driver swap isn't fantastic. Adding a day of use every couple months is. This only works if the # and location of chargers works out to not waiting an hour to start charging. That's logistics, and trucking companies are either good at it or already broke.

  • NikkoCharger NikkoCharger on Feb 23, 2018

    Did anyone else hear the loud high pitch noise? I hope the production version doesn't do that.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Feb 24, 2018

      I can hear the high-frequency noise from the PWM controller on Toyota HSD drives. They're pretty common in my town, and it's handy to know when a hybrid is braking without looking -- they're pretty quiet otherwise. Drag racing EVs just happen to sound like a cordless drill from hell. I don't think there's much you can do about that. I've never much cared for the sound & fury of big engines with "modified" exhaust systems, and high-power EVs have been winning races ever since Plasmaboy's White Zombie EV drag racer.

  • Tassos The EQS is the best looking BEV, better than even the only Tesla I would ever consider (the S) and more luxurious inside etc etcThe self driving features will come in handy when I'm 110 and my eyesight and reaction times start to suffer.But that's four decades away, and only Tim recommends 40 year old "used cars"
  • Tassos "Baby, Baby light my fire!""Oh God please give me a Kia Forte" --Janis Joplin
  • Tassos The fugly looks of any Subaru, and especially the non-sporty non-elegant, fugly, low-rent looks and interior of the WRX are alone a sufficient turnoff to never want to own one.One can be a 100% car enthusiast but ALSO demand a beautiful AND luxurious vehicle one can be truly proud of and which makes one very happy every time one drives it.The above is obviously totally foreign to Subaru Designers and managers.
  • Thehyundaigarage Am I the only one that sees a Peugeot 508?
  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.