NeilBlanchard wrote:We now know the prices: $180,000 for the 500 mile version, and $150,000 for the 300 mile version.
Also, we know the cost of operation - $1.26 / mile vs $1.51 for a typical turbo diesel. So, that is $25,000 savings per 100,000 miles. And the drivetrain is warrantied for 1,000,000 miles.
So, the market for an EV semi is a "natural" today
for Tesla, why even consider production of the M3? There's no potential
competition, i.e. no potential competitor is aware of the cost savings yet, right? Tesla needs to just educate the trucking industry now,
and the profits will start "rolling-in" for Tesla. Tesla is so technically astute that no other truck manufacturer even thought to do a
comparative economic analysis of an EV semi vs a diesel semi. The issues of a charging infrastructure, range, charging times, etc.,
are all incidental to the cost saving per 100K miles, and really of secondary importance, right? If only the diesel truck manufacturers
had done a Google search and found this thread, they would not be under a threat of extinction now
from the Tesla semi.
Leaf SL MY 9/13: 65K miles, 50 Ahrs, 5.2 miles/kWh (average), L2 charges to 100% > 1000, max battery temp < 95F, min discharge point > 20 Ahrs