Tesla estimates a two-year payback for the added cost of the truck over a traditional diesel rig, and it said operating costs—including power, lease payments, and insurance—would be 20-percent lower for the Semi than a diesel truck.
Leading up to the event, there was speculation that Tesla might deal with the range problem by devising some kind of battery-swapping service at truck stops, but there was no mention of this.
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Torque sensors on the individual wheels, along with software that can correct steering, will make jackknifing impossible, Musk said.
In a nod to the bottom-line concerns of trucking companies, Musk said Tesla would guarantee that the Semi wouldn't break down in the first million miles of operation.
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