The Economic Side Of The Tesla Electric Truck

(Last Updated On: January 13, 2018)


From Jerry Hirsch,

Alexander Potter, the senior research analyst at the Piper Jaffray & Co. investment house noticed how quickly the trucking industry dismissed claims by Tesla Inc. that its planned electric semi-truck could satisfy long-distance freight demands.

“It’s easy to say, ‘the batteries are too heavy!’ or ‘the batteries are too costly!’ and declare the incumbents victorious — but such back-of-the-envelope rebuttals aren’t good enough in this case,” Potter wrote in a report to investors issued this week.

Gauging the capability of the Tesla truck accurately has important implications for investors, motor carriers and the entire U.S. freight and logistics sector, Potter said.

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