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Tesla Touts ‘Semi,’ NGVA Is Skeptical

November 18, 2017 in EVs, NGVs, Opinion, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pronouncements Grab Headlines and Not Much Else,’ Says Gage
After Elon Musk Introduces a 500-Mile All-Battery Class 8 Truck

New NGVAmerica president Dan Gage came out swinging after Tesla said Thursday that it would introduce the Class 8 “Semi,” touted as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever,” with range up to 500 miles, to the over-the-road market with production commencing in 2019.

This item was initially posted on November 17

Tesla’s new ‘Tesla Semi

“Pronouncements grab headlines and not much else,” Gage said in a release. “Clean technology natural gas trucks on our roadways today are already making a difference to improve our air and reduce our carbon footprint.

“NGVAmerica member companies have been manufacturing safe, efficient, affordable, clean-tech vehicles and powertrains for decades,” Gage said.

‘Why wait?’ asks NGVAmerica president Dan Gage

Natural Gas: ‘Cleanest’

“No commercially-available heavy-duty powertrain solution runs cleaner than natural gas. The cleanest heavy-duty truck engine in the world is powered by natural gas.”

Tesla’s new Semi is to have four independent motors for maximum power and acceleration, making for the lowest energy cost per mile. “The Tesla Semi,” the company says, “requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life…

Electricity Cheaper for the Long Haul, Says Tesla

“Owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone,” Tesla says. The company also disclosed plans for high-power “Megachargers” capable off adding approximately 400 miles in 30 minutes.

Reports indicate that WalMart and J.B. Hunt have already placed orders. (Anyone can, with a $50,000 deposit)

‘We Can Positively Impact Air Quality… Right Now’

NGVAmerica’s take? “Why wait years for maybe when we can positively impact air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower dependence on foreign fuels all at an affordable price in the commercial truck space right now?

“Don’t wait to clean our air tomorrow,” says Dan Gage. “Start today with available natural gas technology.”

Tesla Semi cockpit

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Sources: NGVAmerica & Tesla with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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