03 Sep Tesla Semi Truck: Latest video spottings reveal 26 cameras and a ‘sleeper’ in the works
Sep 03, 2018 | by Iqtidar Ali
Multiple Tesla enthusiasts spotted and filmed the Tesla Semi Truck in Colorado in the last few days that reveal intimate details about the electric hauler.
The state of Colorado is at least 1000 miles (~1600 kms) from the Gigafactory and Tesla seems to be testing the Semi for longer trips besides Gigafactory, NV to Fremont Factory, CA cargo trips previously.
Erik J. Martin first spotted the Tesla Semi at the Brush, Colorado Supercharger Station (video below) where the truck driver, engineers and staff were more than happy to answer many questions regarding the electric truck.
Tesla Semi currently uses the existing Tesla charging network and needs to plug-in-to at least 4 Supercharger stalls to power-up it’s battery pack(s) — ultimately Tesla Semi will have it’s own Megacharger network to support fast charging for this beast.
This spotting also reveals that the Tesla Semi prototype has currently 26 cameras installed for experimenting with the optimal camera positions for the production version of the truck — the staff there also revealed to Erik that Tesla is going build the ‘sleeper’ feature soon probably by extending the cabin toward the rear end.
Erik was able to get the following new details about the Tesla Semi Electric Truck, that he posted in his video’s description:
This version is a “Day Cab” with a 300 mile range and it takes 30 min to recharge when it has adequate power. Currently it is using the Supercharger Network, but will utilize its own MegaCharger Network when it hits production. Tesla will be its own first customer and the initial truck sales will be to itself to relieve the financial burden in transporting materials from the Gigafactory.
This one-off Alpha prototype is made of carbon fiber. It has approximately 26 cameras around it for Autopilot, which will be a lower number once the truck design is final. This one has extra cameras so they can experiment with camera placement for optimal use in its driver assistance suite.
It’s also important to note that the Tesla Semi will not be ‘full self-driving’ for a long time besides using the radars and camera for Autopilot use on the highways and will always need a ‘driver’ inside to perform certain tasks and backup purposes — so doesn’t seem to be a big threat to semi driver jobs.
Another detailed video of the Tesla Semi was shot by Sean Mitchell (Model 3 hypermile record fame) which shows closeups of the Cameras, Door Handles and more as he got a better chance at filming the truck while it was isolated and stationary.
Tesla Semi Truck’s door handles are designed same as the Model 3 door handles — besides borrowing the door handles, the Tesla Semi also uses the same motors as the Model 3 and most probably the same 2170 cells for the battery pack as well.
There are around 600 pre-orders placed for Tesla’s Electric Semi Trucks as per public knowledge (details on our tracking page) — but Elon Musk revealed in the 2018 shareholder meeting that they have around 2,000 Tesla Semi pre-orders with them.
Corporate clients like Anheuser Busch, and Bee’ah along with other big names are taking keen interest in the No-Emission Tesla Semi Truck for the sake of the environment and future generations — let’s move forward towards a cleaner, greener and cooler earth, promote Electric Vehicles.
Featured Photo: Erik J. Martin (@soundanswer)