Electric vehicles have dominated the automotive world’s headlines since the Tesla Semi claimed a range of 500 miles on a single charge. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is now suggesting that the automaker’s claims about the efficiency of the Semi’s batteries are lower than they actually are. He tweeted that the actual efficiency was even better than the official numbers on the specs. This comes at a time when the manufacturer is reluctant to reveal the capacity of the battery pack. Additionally, Musk hinted that the Tesla Semi may feature an 850 kWh battery pack.
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The top-of-the-line Tesla Semi Class 8 all-electric semi truck is said to have a range of 500 miles on a single charge. It also claims energy consumption of less than 2 kWh per mile. While these official figures come from Tesla, combining these two values results in an estimated battery capacity of less than 1,000 kWh. On the other hand, the Tesla CEO tweeted that electric vehicles are currently rated at 1.7 kilowatt-hours per mile. He also said there is a clear path to 1.6 kWh or even 1.5 kWh per mile efficiency. This is interesting information because calculations based on Musk’s claims suggest that the Tesla Semi could have an 850 kWh battery pack.
The Tesla Semi has been one of the most anticipated electric vehicles in the world since the automaker unveiled its long-haul semi truck a few years ago. As with many of Tesla’s other vehicles, the Semi is the same, with the automaker overpromising and underdelivering.
The electric car company has celebrated the first delivery of the Tesla Semi as it delivered its first model to PepsiCo. The Tesla Semi claims to be three times more powerful than diesel trucks currently on the road. To support the Semi electric truck, Tesla plans to add large chargers to its Supercharger network.
First published date: December 7, 2022 at 16:00 pm CST