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24th of October 2018

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Listen to the crazy sound of Tesla Semi electric truck prototype accelerating with a trailer

Some petrolheads don’t like electric cars because they don’t have the roar of an engine burning fossil fuel. EVs are definitely quieter but they still have a sound and I think some of them are pretty cool.

After watching this new video, now I think the Tesla Semi electric truck prototype accelerating with a trailer is one of the coolest EV sounds yet.

We have been tracking the Tesla Semi prototype over the last few weeks. It drove to J.B. Hunt in Arkansas almost 2,000 miles away from its home base and then to UPS’ hub in Addison, Illinois, which is about 600 miles north from J.B. Hunt in Arkansas.

Last month, we reported that the Tesla Semi prototype was now in Des Moines, Iowa – more than 300 miles from UPS.

Later, the electric truck prototype traveled another 580 miles or so and stopped at Tesla’s Supercharger station in Brush, Colorado.

A few days later, the truck made it another 500+ miles to Salt Lake City, Utah. It stopped by Tesla’s facility in Draper and redditor u/m3gusta managed to capture a video of the electric truck prototype leaving.

It gives us one of the best examples of the truck accelerating with a trailer in tow yet:

From its last stop in Colorado, we learned that this prototype is configured with a range of 300 miles on a single charge.

After Tesla revealed the pricing of its electric semi trucks last year, we learned that the regular production versions for the 300-mile and 500-mile range versions will be $150,000 and $180,000 respectively, while the company is also listing a ‘Founders Series’ version for $200,000.

But Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he expects that the production version could be even more efficient with a range closer to 600 miles.

Last month, Musk said that the Tesla Semi made it ‘across the country alone’ with only the Supercharger network and an extension cord.

It appears that the vehicle toured the midwest before making its way back to California – having likely traveled well over 3,000 miles on the trip.

Electrek’s Take

I think that’s one of the coolest EV sounds to date. I think the original Tesla Roadster still has the best one.

Rimac’s Concept_One has some good ones too.

Of course, when it comes to trucks, the best sound is no sound, but some sound is inevitable.

Electric trucks will still result in a significant reduction in noise pollution, especially at low speed in urban areas, but the electric powertrain also needs to be powerful enough to pull that weight, which result in some noise.

Though maybe I only think it’s a cool sound right now because it sounds like the future. if thousands of them end up on the roads, I’ll probably get tired of hearing it like anything else.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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