Truck driver explains why the Tesla Semi is a 'totally stupid' car
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Truck driver explains why the Tesla Semi is a ‘totally stupid’ car

Is the Tesla Semi the revolutionary heavyweight that Tesla sells? The truck driver deplores the truck’s massive lack of ergonomics.

As Tesla conducts its final testing of the Tesla Semi, deliveries have begun. An opportunity to discover the unique look of the electric truck, as well as its extraordinary capabilities for a vehicle of this size.

Seen by some as the future of transportation, the peninsula will certainly mark a turning point in mobility and in the use of electric motors. Tomasz Orenski, the Polish driver, looked more realistically at the car. His assessment of her is not the most sympathetic.

“I watch videos on the Tesla Semi”Orynski writes on Twitter. “Do you remember? The truck that revolutionized the transportation industry. And I’ll tell you why it’s a completely stupid car.”

Because if the electric heavyweight has something to impress, it also seems to have design flaws. Many of them reveal a construction that does nothing to help truck drivers in their daily lives.

I’m not going to talk about charging capacity or anything else. I’m just going to look at the cabin from a practical perspective, like someone whose job is to drive a truck. Because it’s the opposite of “built around the driver”. »

Wasted space and poor visibility

In fact, Built around the driver It was Tesla’s slogan when the Semi. When comparing the cabin of a semi-truck with the DAF XG +, the largest truck on the market, the driver regrets “wasted space” In Tesla, then lists the defects.

“The driver is in the middle. This makes overtaking and forward vision more difficult. It also prevents access to the window to hand in papers or talk to the person at the gate when entering a port, factory or even the toll booth.”

“The doors are at the back. You go in, hang your jacket and have to take a few steps to get behind the wheel. This means that we lose space in the cabin for the aisle in general. You can’t put a bed so that the driver does not relax, because the doors are there. »

This is obviously a big deal, because sleeping in the truck is an integral part of being a truck driver. Remember that drivers “Sometimes you need a 20-minute nap when driving at night”. A 20 minute nap which, in the case of the half car, would be ideal while charging the car.

Lack of daily rest

The driver continues his review of the Tesla Semi, then deals with another part of the problem. Regrets that cabin design complicates the possibility of maintaining a clean environment.

“If you want to go to the right of the cabin, you have to go through the passenger seat, which intersects with the driver’s seat. So you can’t overtake it, like in a regular cabin. And sometimes you have to go out on the right, which happened to me today because there is a lot of snow on the my left.”

“The fact that you have to walk around the cabin means that it will be full of dirt. The nice thing about being able to sit straight in the driver’s seat is that you can take off your shoes and clean up the mud or snow when you get there. And even if your shoes are still dirty, that Only the small part in front of the seat is dirty. »

“You can take off your shoes here and walk barefoot in the rest of the cabin which is kept clean. But no, not in a Tesla. Unless you change your shoes every time you get into the cabin, that would be stupid.”

Tomasz Orynski continues his study of the latest addition to Elon Musk’s trademark and gets to grips with the two racks around the steering wheel. Pole explains that he himself drove a Mercedes van equipped with camera mirrors. There are two problems: the difficulties in adjusting it, because of the distance, and the glow it causes at night.

Screens and windshields that complicate life

But it’s the Tesla Semi’s windshield that’s what this average truck has to worry about. Explains why the tilt of this window is a problem.

“It will snow on it when you park your car in winter. Remember how painful it is to have to clean the snow off the windshield of the car? Try three meters high. If the window is vertical, snow is not a problem.”

There is, too Cabin overheating when driving on a sunny summer day. Even the truck cabin can get very hot. It’s because of that huge slanted windshield. Obviously, it can be modified with air conditioning, which will increase consumption and reduce your autonomy. »

“The sloping windshield also provides greater blind spots. Think of how many times you have narrowly avoided pedestrians while turning in a modern car. And there are also these tablets in your field of vision.”

“The cabin is narrower in the front. But the mirrors have to be able to see back. That means they have long arms. So you can’t sit on the seat, open the window and clean when they’re dirty. You can’t reach them from the inside, nor from the outside, because they’re high.” is very. “

In conclusion, he laments the fact that Tesla thought above all about the aesthetics of the car, for which ergonomics is paramount. According to him, the engineers who worked on the Semi did not have specifications specific enough to the needs of the drivers who would use it.

“I could go on. This car is a toy for the rich. It is not a functional and practical vehicle, because its designers have no idea what transportation really is.”

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