Tesla is once again pushing U.S. industry into the future in a country where 50-year-old design and technology exist on virtually all U.S. trucks on our roadways! Dirty and inefficient diesel fueled vehicles spewing deadly fumes even from school buses! High-particulate pollution in a country with an epidemic of childhood asthma! Increasing pedestrian and bicyclist deaths from truck cabins designed to ensure poor visibility! Truck front ends shaped to ensure maximum killing power!
We do not know enough about the Tesla designs and their complete safety systems. We hope that Tesla engineers thought about safety and not just efficiency as these new truck designs might rule the roads for 50 years into the future! How effective are the front underride guards in a country that only requires simple low-speed bumpers? Are the front surfaces softened for pedestrians? Is the front also stiff enough to spin cars away from the truck in high-speed crashes? Are any pedestrian warnings such as light or sound from the side of the truck included to warn approaching pedestrians?
OK, now the good news. These trucks are clean and they are very energy-efficient with claimed 500 mile range and 300 mile to 400 mile range from a mere 30 minute charge time! Much cheaper per mile shipping costs, we hope that will not be offset by extreme purchase prices! It is suggested there will be an annual $200,000 savings in long-haul operational costs and that must be compared with $150,000 diesel truck prices versus $300,000 plus possibly for electric trucks, electric adoption usually means weighing payback costs for higher purchase prices! The lack of the front engine compartment means a lower to the ground cabin with closer to pedestrian height visibility and larger windshield area also to improve driver vision, centered driver increases visibility from all sides! Side of truck cameras to enhance driver visibility in common blind spots and front cameras to detect pedestrians and other roadway obstacles and automatic braking to avoid those obstacles! Lower cabin enhances roll-over safety! A shaped front end to better interact with pedestrians and cars. Good speed and acceleration on hills to prevent cars crashing into slow-moving trucks! Lower insurance costs due to better safety and better energy efficiency should insure cheaper shipping for all of us! Truck trains in the future will mean fewer drivers also reducing costs! Automatic lane keeping and lane departure warning will fight fatigue and drugged driving! Better sensors will help prevent jack-knifing!
We need more safety news Tesla, but so far well-done! What about truck visibility and lighting, you have the power to light led parking lights Tesla, please! WE have waited 50 years for better truck design, hooray!!! Tesla please include victims recommendations and safety in your designs and planning, safety sells too!