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Tesla Fans Eagerly Await Launch Of Electric ‘Beast’ Truck: But Can It Compete With Diesel?

  • October 01, 2017


For example, charging infrastructure must be in place – and this a core part of the challenge.

According to Michael Baudendistel, a Stifel Financial Corp. analyst: “You can’t put the cart before the horse.

“Widespread adoption hinges on the availability of fueling stations, and the infrastructure built for Tesla autos was not designed for Class 8 trucks.

“Battery swapping and refueling overnight are both options which would require significant additional investment in infrastructure and logistics.”


In addition, there are questions about the size and weight of the truck’s battery, which are both said to exceed traditional batteries.

VP of research for the American Trucking Research Institute, Daniel Murray, told “No one has clarified for us how much extra battery weight will accrue, which, of course, decreases revenue weight.

“We believe at least 600-800 miles of range is needed for the truck to be competitive in the line-haul market.

“We have heard indications that the Tesla semi’s range will be 200-300 miles, which would limit its addressable market.”

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