A video featuring a rare look at the Tesla Semi’s cabin was recently uploaded on YouTube. As could be seen in the short clip, the all-electric long-hauler features some compelling design elements, from components inspired by the Model 3 to a mysterious pedal beside the vehicle’s brakes.
The Semi’s recent video was uploaded by Moldova-born YouTuber and truck enthusiast Andrew Black, who was able to get up close and personal with the all-electric long-hauler. The Tesla Semi in the video was hauling a trailer from Xtra Lease Trailers, suggesting that the truck was in a transport run when the footage was taken.
Immediately noticeable from the Tesla Semi’s cabin was how roomy and spacious it was. Even with the jumpseat for the passenger unfolded, the electric truck still has a very roomy feel. Upfront, several design elements pop up, the most notable of which is an air vent inspired by the Model 3. The Tesla Semi also features a clean, minimalistic, end-to-end dashboard that runs from one side of the vehicle to the other.
In a lot of ways, the Tesla Semi actually borrows some components from the Model 3. Apart from its end-to-end HVAC system, the Semi also uses the same electric motor as the compact electric car (it has four Model 3-derived electric motors). The Semi is fitted with what appears to be the door handles of the Model 3, as well as dual touchscreen controls that invoke the compact electric car’s landscape-oriented center touchscreen. The size of the Semi’s two touch panels have not been mentioned by Tesla, but based on Black’s recent video, it seems safe to assume that its dual displays are also 15-inch panels.
One thing that grabs the attention from the video, however, was a rather mysterious pedal that could be seen near the 1-minute mark. As the camera was being panned across the Tesla Semi’s cabin, the all-electric truck’s accelerator and brake pedals could be seen prominently. To the left of the brakes, however, was seemingly another pedal. Unlike the dead pedal found in the Model S, Model X, and Model 3, the third pedal in the Semi was rather small, and it looked functional. Some members of the r/TeslaMotors subreddit have weighed in on the mysterious pedal, with a number suggesting that it could be a mechanical parking brake.
Just like the Model 3, the Tesla Semi has the potential to be an incredibly disruptive vehicle. The electric truck is a Class 8 truck equipped with four Model 3-derived electric motors, which enable it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds flat without cargo. With a full 80,000-lb load, the Semi is still capable of hitting highway speed in 20 seconds, far quicker than comparable diesel-powered semi-trailers.
The Tesla Semi is currently being tested and driven across the United States. Just recently, the electric long-hauler was spotted driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to Santa Rosa, CA. According to Tesla’s Tesla’s VP of Truck Programs Jerome Guillen in his LinkedIn profile, the Semi was headed to Santa Rosa to visit some local customers.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel revealed during the Q1 2018 earnings call that the Semi currently has around 2,000 reservations from businesses within and outside the United States. In the United States alone, several high-profile companies have already placed orders for the electric truck, including PepsiCo, FedEx, and Anheuser-Busch. Outside the United States, grocery chain ASKO from Norway has placed reservations for the long-hauler, as well as waste management conglomerate Bee’ah from the Middle East, among others.
Watch Andrew Black’s video of the Tesla Semi’s cabin below.