Watch Tesla Semi Overtake Diesel Vans On The Freeway

One of many Tesla Semis was just lately noticed driving Donner Go in California, effortlessly outpacing different class 8 semi-trucks.

It is not the primary sighting of this kind, as Tesla already teased the Semi capabilities through the launch of the automobile, which was known as “a beast.”

Twitter person Zanegler (@HinrichsZane), who shared new movies, explains that Tesla is testing a few of its early Semi automobiles “absolutely loaded” to see whether or not there shall be any reliability points.

“I had some ideas about learn how to (safely) seize some video of the Tesla Semi vs diesel semi’s going up a steep grade. The typical grade ascending the Donner Go is 7% as much as 16%. That is a few of what I captured. #Tesla #teslasemi Tesla runs these semi’s each day, absolutely loaded up this grade and on different routes to uncover any points and remediate them earlier than they start quantity supply. Extra on this later.”

With a strong tri-motor powertrain, the Tesla Semi is promised to speed up from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96.5 km/h) in simply 20 seconds (when absolutely loaded – which implies 82,000 lbs (37,195 kg) Gross Mixture Weight (GCW)).


As we are able to see, Tesla’s Semi is succesful sufficient to overhaul different semi-trucks (or vehicles) at freeway speeds, even when driving uphill.

Alongside the route, a surplus of energy could be an vital function from each security and luxury views.


Nevertheless, we do not know the way a lot such kind of driving impacts vary, which in accordance with the specs is as much as 500 miles (804 km).

Increased velocity means the next power consumption, whereas acceleration to succeed in a specific velocity could be partially offset by regenerative braking.

In a broader evaluation, additionally the time issue is essential, as a result of saving time (automobile utilization and driver work) additionally has worth, which probably exceeds a rise of power consumption.

Tesla Semi specs (2022):

  • Totally loaded at 82,000 lbs (37,195 kg) Gross Mixture Weight
  • Vary: about 300 miles (483 km) or 500 miles (804 km)
    (two battery choices)
  • Power Consumption: lower than 2 kWh/mile (1.24 kWh/km)
  • Estimated battery capability (based mostly on vary and power consumption): decrease than 600 kWh or 1,000 kWh (1 MWh)
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h): 20 seconds (when absolutely loaded)
  • Velocity up a 5% Grade: Freeway velocity restrict
  • Powertrain: 3 impartial motors (vs. 4 motors within the preliminary specs in 2017)
    – two electrical motors for acceleration on the rear axle (with automated disengage)
    – one electrical motor for freeway driving on the second axle (consistently engaged)
    – carbon-sleeved rotors similar to Plaid
  • Quick Charging: as much as 70% of vary in half-hour
  • Gas Financial savings (est.): as much as $200,000 over 3 years