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Real-world test has Tesla Semi silencing critics: ‘I never expected the Semi would actually be able to get numbers like this’

Real-world test has Tesla Semi silencing critics: ‘I never expected the Semi would actually be able to get numbers like this’

Many detractors of electric vehicle technology often point to potential range as a notable drawback.

The improvement of charging infrastructure, which allows for the possibility of longer journeys, and enhanced battery technology have made those voices a little quieter in recent years, though.

Now, Tesla’s Semi might further quell some criticisms.

In an independent study conducted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), a Tesla Semi managed a distance of 1,076 miles over 24 hours.

As part of the 18-day Run On Less program conducted by the organization, the Semi achieved the feat on three charging stops, with two of those stops lasting less than 45 minutes, according to Freight Carbon Zero.

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That outlet reported that a third stop of over an hour brought the Tesla’s battery charge from 3% to nearly 90%. The publication noted the truck was driving 81.8% of the time, while charging time only accounted for 11.1% of the journey.

The achievement is seriously impressive for the zero-tailpipe-pollution vehicle, and it’s turned some heads.