Watch Tesla Subject The Semi To A Series Of Torturous Tests

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The electric vehicle maker has pulled no punches when it comes to making the Semi truck durable.

Tesla has shared a new video documenting the challenging durability tests the new Semi truck has been subjected to.

The 30-second clip, posted to its LinkedIn page, shows the electric semi truck being pushed to its limits. "Our engineers tested Semi in a variety of harsh conditions to maximize reliability & durability," reads the caption. Aside from the usual hot and cold weather testing - which places immense strain on the electric motors and other components - the Semi was put through its paces in a series of unusual evaluations.

One part of the video shows the Semi driving over a ladder at 20 mph. Even with increased ground clearance and large tires, driving over a ladder could cause serious damage to any vehicle. The large EV doesn't break a sweat, crushing the ladder with minimal fuss.

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Other snippets from the video detail the great strain placed on the electric motors as they're vibrated to within an inch of their lives. While Tesla has expertise in building passenger vehicles, a semi truck is another kettle of fish entirely. The Semi, which recently entered production, will be expected to cover great distances on a regular basis - and fleet managers will expect the highest standards of reliability.

PepsiCo is among the blue-chip companies that have placed orders for the electric truck, and recently had the honor of taking delivery of the first examples to leave the assembly line. Hopefully, the breakdown we witnessed a few weeks ago was a fluke, as Semi customers aren't the sort of businesses that will be satisfied with shoddy workmanship.

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While Tesla has received backlash for certain quality and trim issues on vehicles like the Model S Plaid, their internal components appear to be rather resilient; we've heard of certain models reaching high mileage without any mechanical maladies.

Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than their ICE-powered counterparts, making them more reliable in the long run. This should bode well for truckers, who can be faced with huge bills if something breaks. Hefty fuel costs will also be a thing of the past; Tesla claims that, over three years, fleet managers can expect to rake in fuel savings of $200,000.

Depending on the selected model, the electric truck can cover 300 or 500 miles on a single charge, something Tesla claims it is more than capable of achieving.

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