Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Semi in late 2017, and a lot of buzz has been building around it
ever since. But, for now, the electric truck is still some time away from reaching buyers, who are
awaiting its debut in 2023. The delays have earned the world leading electric vehicle maker sharp
criticism. However, the company has remained steadfast in its promise to make diesel-powered
trucks obsolete, both in performance and economy.
On this last point, some data has come to light that ensures that, only in the cost comparison
between fuel and energy, a Tesla Semi can be 83% cheaper than a diesel truck. The data is
amazing and, if fulfilled, will mean an absolute break for the transport industry. But is it really so?
Recently, a Twitter user named Alex Gayer shared a comparison of expenses according to the
consumption of a conventional truck with a diesel engine and a Tesla Semi. According to his
calculations, to complete a 200-mile journey, the electric truck would need just a fraction of the
budget of its counterpart.
Specifically, the internal combustion engine vehicle would require about 34 gallons of diesel
(nearly 127 liters) to cover the journey. On average, it would cover about 5.9 miles (approximately
9.5 kilometers) on a gallon. And taking into account that the price of a gallon of diesel on highways
is currently at $4.99, according to the United States Energy Information Administration, the math
would result in a cost of $169.76 in fuel to complete the 200 miles.