Tesla continues to move forward with the Tesla Semi, whose mass production has just been announced. That’s why, we’re going to enlighten you on the impact of this new find from the American company on road transport, between safety, autonomy and changes in laws.

A MARKET THAT WILL GET CARRIED AWAY WITH OR WITHOUT THE SEMI TESLA.

To cope with pollution and climate change, the electric car market is at the heart of the debate. With the 8% of national carbon dioxide emissions in France due to trucks (according to CITEPA), manufacturers are therefore investing more and more to conquer the market for clean trucks. Daimler, Nikola Motor and Renault are competing with Tesla. But in this market, nothing is yet decided because production will accelerate in the coming years and it will then be necessary to be ready.

Daimler electrik truck
Daimler electric truck. © Daimler

Indeed, political measures will act as a catalyst. California has just recently announced drastic measures for trucks and vans, as NBC News reports: These will have to be 100% clean by 2040, with intermediate steps starting as early as 2024. With other states expected to follow in the coming weeks and months, the manufacturers of these clean vehicles are looking forward to revolutionising road traffic. Elon Musk and Tesla will undoubtedly have a role to play.

But this will also require convincing buyers that electric trucks are indeed cheaper and more efficient than their hydrogen-powered rivals. Indeed, even if experts like Auke Hoekstra say that the future will see all-electric trucks replacing diesel, some are more sceptical and investments for hydrogen-powered transport continue to flourish, as do Nikola Motor or Volvo, which is entering this market with Daimler.

HOW CAN THE SEMI TESLA CONVINCE THE BUYERS?

In order to win the next orders and thus get ahead of Daimler, which has gained a head start thanks to its faster unveiling, Tesla is banking on an elegant truck, integrating the brand’s expensive autopilot for greater comfort and safety. The challenge will then be the batteries, as range is a crucial element in gaining market share against competitors.

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Tesla Semi. © Tesla

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE FUTURE OF ROAD TRAFFIC

The arrival of clean trucks will obviously have a very strong ecological impact and will also change our road landscapes as super-loaders develop even more. But the Tesla Semi sees further than that. Indeed, in addition to ensuring better safety, the brand’s truck will allow the development of platooning (road convoy with few distances between trucks).

Platooning Volvo
A platooning test from Volvo Trucks © Radio France

Thanks to new technologies, a single driver will be able to drive a whole line of trucks very close to each other, and with a semi-autonomous mode. Driver fatigue and traffic jams caused by long convoys will then be significantly reduced. The Tesla Semi has the potential to change road traffic in the United States but also dreams of Europe.

Conquering Europe

In order to develop clean vehicles in Europe and thus secure a new market, Tesla wants to change the laws. The German transport minister confirmed that Tesla has approached the government to remove the Sunday driving ban on trucks. Several European countries are banning lorries from driving on Sundays to limit pollution and noise, but electric vehicles are not affected by this. If such a law ever allows Tesla Semi and its friends to drive on Sundays, the conquest of Europe by electric vehicles would then be on the right track.

Electric and hydrogen-powered trucks will revolutionize road transportation, and the Tesla Semi appears to be one of the favorites to capture the largest share of the market and change daily life on the roads of the United States and the world.

Sources for our article on the Tesla Semi

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