New Tesla Semi Video Shows 26 Cameras, Sleeper Also Coming

TESLA SEMI: VIDEO REVEALS 26 CAMERAS AND A ‘SLEEPER’ IN THE WORKS

Recently, a few lucky Tesla enthusiasts spotted and filmed the Tesla Semi in Colorado revealing some intimate details about the electric hauler.

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Source: Erik J. Martin / @soundanswer

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 which have been documented 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 questions regarding the electric truck.

The Tesla Semi currently uses the existing Tesla charging infrastructure and needs to plug into at least four Supercharger stalls to power up its battery pack(s) — ultimately the Tesla Semi will have its own Megacharger network to support fast charging for this beast.

The video also reveals that the Tesla Semi prototype currently has 26 cameras onboard. This set-up is used for experimenting with optimal camera positions. The staff there also revealed to Erik that Tesla is going to build the ‘sleeper’ feature soon — probably by extending the cabin toward the rear end.

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Youtube: soundanswer

Erik posted the following new details about the Tesla Semi (via his video 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 outside of utilizing the radar and camera functionality for Autopilot use on the highways. At this time, the Tesla Semi will require a ‘driver’ inside to perform certain tasks. Therefore, it doesn’t appear (at this stage) to be a threat to semi truck driver jobs.

Another detailed video of the Tesla Semi was shot by Sean Mitchell (of Model 3 hypermile record fame) which shows close-ups of the cameras, door handles and more as he got a better chance to film the truck while it was isolated and stationary.

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Youtube: Sean Mitchell

It turns out that the Tesla Semi’s door handles are designed in the same manner as the Model 3’s door handles. In addition, the Tesla Semi also uses the same motors as the Model 3 and most likely the same 2170 cells via the battery pack as well.

It was thought that there were around 600 pre-orders placed for Tesla’s Semi Trucks as per public knowledge. However, Elon Musk revealed in the 2018 shareholder meeting that the internal count was closer to 2,000 Tesla Semi pre-orders at that time.

The opportunity to reduce costs for the trucking market has proved attractive for many corporate customers. Nevertheless, it’s also refreshing to see companies like Anheuser BuschUPSWalmart, and Bee’ah take a keen interest in the zero-emissions Tesla Semi for the sake of the environment and cleaner air for future generations.

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Written by: Iqtidar Ali via X Auto

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Watch Bjorn Test Out Kia Niro EV

Only the camera rolls in this first video.

Bjorn Nyland has gotten his hands on the 2019 Kia Niro EV. As the best-known electric vehicle YouTuber in all of Norway (perhaps the world),  he’s well-acquainted with the handful of all-electric crossovers about to hit showrooms. He recently had a first drive in the Jaguar I-Pace and has also raced the Hyundai Kona Electric for 600 miles. He even owns a Tesla Model X which serves as a sort of benchmark for what the other brands are bringing. All that to say, he is well qualified to sit in this car and judge.

Now, this footage is limited to a non-driving review — an on-the-road-report is on the way — but that’s ok because it gives our host plenty of time to go over all the details in the cabin of the Korean car. He checks out the quality of all the surfaces, runs through many of the menus on both the middle console and the driver’s display, revealing many cool features. It’s not all about the driver too, as he spends time in the back seat as well as the behind the rear hatch.

It’s here that his familiarity with the Hyundai Kona Electric pays off. The two vehicles are built on the same platform, and though the Kia is a separate brand and the Niro EV a slightly larger vehicle, they still seem to share a number of physical elements as well as software. This dual usage across brands is something that really pays off for owners, as the synergy of the brands leads to lower cost, which in turn allows for better pricing.

Overall, you can tell Bjorn is quite pleased with the new Niro EV, even ahead of the driving experience. If you were considering the Kona Electric, it may even give you pause. It should be interesting to see how they compare when the rubber hits the road.

 

Source: YouTube


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Green Deals: Sun Joe 6A Electric Leaf Blower $12 (Reg. $25), more

Amazon offers the Sun Joe 6A Electric Leaf Blower for $11.99 Prime shipped. Also at Home Depot and Walmart. Regularly $25, today’s deal is over 50% off the regular going rate and a new Amazon all-time low. Rated 4.6/5 stars. This is a solid budget-focused option for cleaning up leaves and more this fall.

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Tesla Model 3 Sales Starting To Track Original S-Curve… and LOL-Curve

Tesla Model 3 surges onto the S-curve.

There are two graphs showing Tesla Model 3 sales results in the U.S. – monthly sales and cumulative. The first one (below) seems to be the S-curve type, because after the initial slow growth, sales are now rapidly rising to the point of saturation in the future.

According to Rodney Tanner via Twitter, the progress of the Model 3 is close to mathematical S-curve.

The second, cumulative sales graph (above), is one of our personal favorites and we call it the LOL-curve, as it’s ridiculous compared to other models.

The Tesla Model 3 already is at Ford Fusion Energi levels (57,654 Model 3 and 58,179 Fusion Energi) and within two months it will overtake the Toyota Prius Plug-In.

We can’t yet guarantee that the Model 3 will be 1st by the end of this year, but it would be real show to the automotive industry as a whole, especially since the old stance was that consumers don’t want electric cars. Seems far from the truth now, doesn’t it?


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Ford electric SUV image, Volvo 360c concept, and electric cars steal hybrid sales: Today's Car News

Volvo 360C conceptFord teases its forthcoming Mustang-inspired electric crossover SUV once expected to be called the Mach 1. Volvo introduces its idea for self-driving electric cars with the 360c concept. Electric cars steal sales from hybrid vehicles. And Ford requests an exception to electric-car noise rules. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Ford…
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Ford releases photo of electric not-Mach 1 SUV

2020 Ford electric SUV teaser via Joann Muller via Michael MartinezFord released a teaser image of its hotly-anticipated 300-mile electric SUV, which it says will no longer be called the Mach 1. The company previewed the car at a closed event in March, but wouldn’t allow photographs or sketches. The sketch released Thursday of the rear of the car hasn’t evolved much from the design the company showed in March…
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Ford Teases 2020 Mustang-Inspired Electric CUV With 300-Mile Range

Oddly enough, a self-proclaimed gearhead is the lead for the project and he’s got quite a story to tell.

In a long and drawn out Medium post, Ford’s Team Edison director leaked out the first teaser image of the Mustang-inspired electric car, which he refers to as “our electric Mustang-inspired utility.”

Ford previously confirmed the electric Mustang-inspired car back in May with this statement in its Q1 report:

Making a full commitment to new propulsion choices, including adding hybrid-electric powertrains to high-volume, profitable vehicles like the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and Bronco. The company’s battery electric vehicle rollout starts in 2020 with a performance utility, and it will bring 16 battery-electric vehicles to market by 2022.

But this is the first time we’re seeing what could potentially be a sketch of the rear of the car. Additionally, the 300-mile range figure wasn’t made public until now.

What follows are some excerpts from Darren Palmer, Ford Team Edison Global Product Development Director:

You’d think after 28 years of working for the same company that nothing would surprise me. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for Ford across many amazing teams on many exciting assignments, most recently leading development of the next-generation Mustang. But earlier this year I received a call that would challenge everything I thought I knew about Ford and our future. I was asked to lead product development for a brand-new team, Ford Team Edison, focusing exclusively on electrified vehicles for both Ford and Lincoln. And to be successful, this new team had to be willing to challenge every truth and every process we had developed over the course of our careers.

This particular passage is especially intriguing:

Having just taken delivery of a Shelby GT350R, those in the dark about electric vehicles might think that they chose the wrong guy in that I’m a Mustang enthusiast. But as my team and I have quickly found out, the new generation of electric vehicles is just as exciting — only different. Different can be good. Very good. And it’s opened our eyes to a whole new Ford. The stakes are high. The challenge higher. We are being tasked to set the future trajectory of the company, and Team Edison is up for that challenge.

Palmer concludes with this:

Electric vehicle customers are buying into the future and our team is 100 percent focused on not only delivering vehicles they will love, but providing an entire electric vehicle ecosystem that works flawlessly. It’s exciting to know that my stint leading development of the next-generation Mustang actually comes full circle as we get ready to launch our electric Mustang-inspired utility. I, for one, can’t wait to have one — side-by-side — with my Shelby GT350R.

You’ll find Palmer’s entire article, titled “The Stakes Are High: Inside the Team Developing Ford’s New Generation of Electric Vehicles” here on Medium.


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Ford leaks photo of not-Mach 1 electric SUV

2020 Ford electric SUV teaser via Joann Muller via Michael MartinezFord has leaked a teaser image of its hotly-anticipated 300-mile electric SUV, which it says will no longer be called the Mach 1. The company previewed the car at a closed event in March, but wouldn’t allow photographs or sketches. The sketch released Thursday of the rear of the car hasn’t evolved much from the design the company showed in March…
Source: Hybrid and Electric Car News and Reviews