As our society understands the importance of “going green,” big corporations are competing in the advancement and realization of building vehicles, which don’t need diesel fuel to operate. Up until now, many electric and hybrid cars have been developed and introduced to the public by various automobile manufacturers, but what we didn’t expect is, that this would become possible for bigger vehicles than cars – in particular – trucks.
Large and medium companies, which possess a vast fleet, will profit immensely, since the manufacturers promise competitive prices, especially when compared to the operational costs of a diesel truck. But this is not what we are doing here. The table below shows the main differences between a Tesla Semi and Nikola One truck.
Although Tesla unveiled their prototype of Tesla Semi, a fully electric truck, at Nov. 16, Nikola Motor Company, combined with German giant Bosch, has displayed their hydrogen-electric lorry almost a year ago – on Dec. 01, 2016. Let’s see what both manufacturers have to offer:
|E-Truck model||Nikola ONE||Tesla Semi|
|Consumption type||Hydrogen powered, 1 million miles free hydrogen fuel||Electricity, less than 2 kWh/mile|
|Production Begin||2020 (testing for fleets begins by mid-2018)||2019|
|Mile Range||800 – 1,200 miles||300 – 500 miles|
|Batteries||320 kWh Battery||Still unclear|
|18,000 – 21,000 lbs||Still unclear|
|65,000 lbs||80,000 lbs|
|1 Million miles +||1 Million miles +|
|Scheduled to be ready by 2020||Mega-chargers Worldwide
(to be build, still unclear where/when)
|Refill time||15 minutes||400 miles of Range in 30 minutes|
|Total Operating Cost (compared to Diesel Truck)||50% less than Diesel||20% less than Diesel|
|Acceleration (0-60, max. gross weight)||30 seconds (65,000lbs)||20 seconds(80,000lbs)|
|Top Speed up Hills (at max. gross weight)||65mph||65 mph|
|Two Full Size Mattresses||No|
|Enhanced Autopilot as Standard
|Automatic Lane Keeping
|Forward Collision Warning
|Windshield||Panoramic (standard glass or unspecified glass type)||Panoramic, Thermo nuclear explosion-proof glass|
|Estimated Price||$375,000||$150,000 (300 mile range) – $180,000 (500 mile range)|
As we can see in the table above, there are some significant differences between the Tesla Semi and Nikola One. The concepts of the lorries differ altogether, as the Tesla Semi is to be perceived as a “day truck,” while Nikola One is ideal for Team OTR. Let’s regard some additional features to both E-trucks.
Although Tesla is known for its luxurious design and equipment of their vehicles, Nikola Motor Company is stepping up the game. There is much more information introduced to the public about the Nikola One and its features, which include comfort and extravagance unknown to CDL drivers and fleet owners. We are yet to find out about many technicalities regarding Tesla Semi, because the operational features, such as the battery, are still not addressed and backed up with exact numbers (weight, cost, etc.)
Additionally, distance range and price will most likely be the key factors, which owner-operators regard when deciding between both E-trucks.
All we know is – there are worldwide-known brands and industry giants, which already pre-ordered Tesla Semi. Some of them include – Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, DHL, Ryder, JK Moving, and Loblaw. Numbers are expected to rise for both E-automobile manufacturers, as global leading-market brands and corporations concentrate on the importance of being environment-friendly, as well as profit increase when they adopt electric vehicles into their fleets.
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