Freightliner eCascadia - impressions from a professional driver

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Any idea how this compares to the Tesla Semi?

"The eCascadia emits no tailpipe emissions because it doesn't have a tailpipe. Its batteries provide 550 kilowatt hours (kWh) of usable capacity. The truck travels up to 250 miles on a single charge range which can be 80% replenished in about 90 minutes. Williams said his state of charge might drop 1% in two hours of quiet and comfortable waiting. "

Sounds like it usually takes two cabs to keep one driver busy due to recharging time. This is an ideal application of a semi EV; long haul would be a different story, requiring a Supercharger-like network. Cool truck, though.
 

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Any idea how this compares to the Tesla Semi?
Tesla Semi:
  • 300 or 500 miles of range
  • efficiency: < 2kWh/mile
Tesla isn't advertising the actual capacity, but given the above advertised values, we can assume 600kWh and 1000kWh as maximum values for the two versions of the truck. I would expect actual capacity to be less, given how good Tesla is at making their vehicles efficient.

As far as charging, we have what little we've learned about the upcoming Tesla Megacharger:
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-semi-megacharger-charging-port-close-up-look/
  • Elon: 400 miles in 30 minutes.
That would be 80% replenished in 30 minutes.
 

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  • Elon: 400 miles in 30 minutes.
That would be 80% replenished in 30 minutes.
any idea how this compares to the time a trucker would typically pull into a fuel truck stop (although most truck stop visits are likely more driven by time needed to rest)? while long haul trucks would not typically need to stop as frequently, I would expect most of their stops at a truck stop would at least that time if not more between fueling, checking tires or other service things, bathroom break, etc.