Tesla unveils its monster Tesla Semi truck and lets Mashable step inside
There's no transmission, no clutch, no big motor, and no after-treatments or differentials in the Tesla Semi. And even those facts to paint a picture of just how foreign the Tesla Semi may be to every red-blooded trucker on American roads today.
In part because of the lack of conventional truck parts, Musk made some of his trademark outsize claims about the reliability of the Tesla Semi at Thursday's event. He said it's guaranteed not to break down for "a million" miles of driving and that the brake pads last "forever."
Musk also claimed the glass on the truck is "thermonuclear explosion-proof," and (jokingly?) said he would refund anyone's Tesla Semi that didn't survive a nuclear explosion.
Tesla has taken the cabin, a place where the average trucker will spend 10-14 hours a day (and maybe more if they sleep in the ruck), thrown the components up in the air, and settled them into what the company believes are more ergonomic and useful spots.
Amongst the biggest changes too is the driver sitting in the centre position. It just highlights how much attention to detail went into really changing the paradigm for trucks. It was not a mere electrifying of the traction motor.