Tesla Semi with Model X in tow is an “aircraft carrier”, teases Jerome Guillen



In a somewhat infrequent social networking post, Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s President of Automotive, shared a picture of a car that really lies close to his heart — that the Tesla Semi. The Automotive President’s post includes the all-electric long-hauler parked at a Supercharger while pulling a trailer filled with a Tesla Model X. Jerome even cleverly captioned his picture with the words “Aircraft Carrier? ” — a fun reference to the electric SUV’s open Falcon Wing Doors. 

The recently-shared picture of the Tesla Semi was taken at the Kettleman City Supercharger, a site situated between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The place is one of the United States’ largest Superchargers with 40 charging stalls, solar panel-equipped roofs, along with also a comfortable lounge for travellers stopping over to control their automobiles. The site is also the same Supercharger at which the red Tesla Semi prototype has been apprehended a few weeks back. 

Since getting Tesla’s President of Automotive last September, Guillen’s uploads of those all-electric long-hauler have come to be fairly evasive. Having said that, his recently published Tesla Semi post was certainly worth the wait, since the picture could very well be the first picture of the coming electric truck with a completely new trailer and cargo.

The Tesla Semi carrying a Model X. (Photo: Jerome Guillen/LinkedIn)
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The Tesla Semi is predicted for a car that can interrupt the trucking economy in the same manner that the Model S and Model 3 are disrupting the full-size and midsize sedan sections. The automobile incited lots of raised eyebrows when it was originally announced by CEO Elon Musk, thanks to its impressive specs that have a 300 to 500-mile range, a 0-60 mph time of 5 minutes flat, also four Model 3-derived electric motors. So tumultuous were the Semi’s specs that Daimler Trucks manager Martin Daum infamously indicated that the Tesla Semi has to be violating the laws of mathematics.

Despite all these reservations from critics though, the growth of the Semi continued. Elon Musk has noted that developments to the Semi are actively being done, even indicating that the long-range variant of the all-electric truck could have closer to 600 miles of range per charge. Just recently, the Daimler Trucks CEO, that disregarded the Semi from yesteryear , acknowledged Tesla along with the firm ’s tenacity. Daum nevertheless gave Tesla some warning about the competitive and lucrative trucking segment, though, stating that the company is far more demanding than the customer vehicle marketplace.

“Tesla has demonstrated they really possess the tenacity to actually go through huge losses to catch the marketplace. But trucking is a difficult enterprise. They will find out the hard way; trucking isn’t like passenger cars where one size fits all,” he explained.

Inasmuch as Daum’s warnings are warranted, the Tesla Semi has been developed with steady, experienced hands. Jerome Guillen, after all, has got extensive expertise in the trucking industry, and before his promotion as President of Automotive, he had been heading into the Semi program.  Ahead of his employment at Tesla, Jerome served as the project leader for Daimler’s Freightliner Cascadia program as well, where he became the head of the business ’s Business Innovation unit. From the time he left for the electric car manufacturer, Daimler’s Business Innovation unit was rewarding and self-funding.

During the automobile rsquo;s unveiling, Elon Musk noted that initial production of the vehicle will commence in 2019. Having said that, Eric Markowitz & Dan Crowley of Worm Capital said in a note published after a tour of Gigafactory 1 that the electric car manufacturer is planning on “earnestly” making the Semi from 2020.

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