Alexis Georgeson/Tesla Tesla’s heavy-duty electric truck, the Semi, is expected to go into production in 2019 . The trucking industry is excited about electric trucks. The truck’s autonomous and self-driving capacity is the most attractive feature because that enables drivers to rest and eases their burden to find parking spaces, said Sean Chenault, a truck driver and manager. Tesla’s technology also provides a way to ease the truck-driver shortage, said a trucking CEO. Tesla has stepped up to enter the trucking space, and the industry couldn’t be more excited. The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s heavy-duty electric truck that was unveiled a year ago, is expected to go into production in 2019 and has secured orders from a number of major companies, such as Pepsi , Walmart , and Albertsons . Tesla’s electric truck is "a good thing for the trucking industry as a whole," said Sean Chenault, who has been in the industry for 16 years, taking roles from trucker to manager. While Semi’s many features are attractive — such as zero emissions and the ability to reach higher speeds than diesel trucks — the most appealing trait is the semi-autonomous driving and potential fully self-driving capacity, according to […]


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