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Old 11-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well - if the Germans could power at full size U-boat submerged for 24 hrs. on batteriet during WWII, (and later for that matter) a truck should not be impossible. (Water makes more resistance than air)
Pelenty of room for batteries, and a rigid frame, but the wight will reduce load capacity somewhat.

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Tesla truck?

Model S is a Sedan...
Model X is a Crossover...

So a Truck will be a Model.... T?

Tesla is going to compete against Ford with a Model T?

Really?
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Tesla truck?

Model S is a Sedan...
Model X is a Crossover...

So a Truck will be a Model.... T?

Tesla is going to compete against Ford with a Model T?

Really?
NICE!! Talk about the world coming full circle lol

Seems like an interesting idea, Maybe the batteries will be packed under the hood much like an engine, and the rear will be special built with the motor directly attached to it...thus giving a better weight distribution since the motor will probably weigh as much or more than a new 6speed auto trans.

Either way, don't think tradesmen will adopt it quickly, but since most trucks sold in USA are NEVER used to haul much of anything, I'm sure the suburbs will love an electric truck.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Tesla will have to add an auxilliary battery pack to power the 50,000 watt faux straight pipes simulator.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Am I the only one hoping they make it a diesel hybrid? Like a Volt sort of idea. Then at least you could get the diesel noise to go along with your dually truck ha ha
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Well - if the Germans could power at full size U-boat submerged for 24 hrs. on batteriet during WWII, (and later for that matter) a truck should not be impossible. (Water makes more resistance than air)
Pelenty of room for batteries, and a rigid frame, but the wight will reduce load capacity somewhat.
The drivetrain of the sub allowed for a lot more slip than the drivetrain of the truck would... plus I believe the operating parameters (ambient temps, grades, loads, etc) of the truck will be significantly broader than the sub's... so that is probably not a valid comparison.

I agree it's not impossible, but if the truck is going to be rated comparable to an F-series truck (which can tow its own weight and then some), then it seems like battery management will be a bit more complicated than on a passenger car.
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reading up on the sub, just because it is interesting:
Type XXI Electric Boats
372 cells 44 MAL 740 (33900 Ah)

for use in the type XXI
Type XXI Elektro boats - U-boat Types - German U-boats of WWII - Kriegsmarine - uboat.net

recharged in 3-5 hours via snorkel once every 2-3 days. could go 340 miles @ 5 knots submerged.
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I'd like to see a Tesla truck in the Camping World Truck Racing series (part of Nascar). During pit stops, the Tesla would swap battery packs, rather than refuel with gasoline. Nascar would need to come up with the equivalent of a restrictor plate for Daytona and Talladega. Maybe some extra resistors strapped to the motor controller.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:37 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I always wondered why Americans need these pick-up trucks with long snouts.

If I was a construction worker or a marine vessel hauler I would get a more practical Iveco Daily (available with dual cab, tiltable cargo bed, crane and what not) which use space more efficiently and have a higher payload and are more fuel efficient.

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