For example, charging infrastructure must be in place â€“ and this a core part of the challenge.
According to Michael Baudendistel, a Stifel Financial Corp. analyst: â€œYou canâ€™t put the cart before the horse.
â€œWidespread adoption hinges on the availability of fueling stations, and the infrastructure built for Tesla autos was not designed for Class 8 trucks.
â€œBattery swapping and refueling overnight are both options which would require significant additional investment in infrastructure and logistics.â€
In addition, there are questions about the size and weight of the truckâ€™s battery, which are both said to exceed traditional batteries.
VP of research for the American Trucking Research Institute, Daniel Murray, told Trucks.com: â€œNo one has clarified for us how much extra battery weight will accrue, which, of course, decreases revenue weight.
â€œWe believe at least 600-800 miles of range is needed for the truck to be competitive in the line-haul market.
â€œWe have heard indications that the Tesla semiâ€™s range will be 200-300 miles, which would limit its addressable market.â€
Article source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2017/10/01/tesla-truck-challenges/