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Elon Musk/Tesla takes a shot at the Railroads

Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:46 am
by NSSD70ACe
Well, it’s finally happening.

According to Railway Age, Tesla is looking at using their electric semi to render railroads obsolete, using autonomous driving and “platooning”: https://t.co/gxNoAWQxTe?amp=1

Personally I’m not overly worried about Tesla. With the company facing multiple lawsuits, an SEC investigation, and not paying suppliers, all the while having 920 million dollars of debt to repay in the coming months, I doubt they’ll have the semi ready in two years as Musk claims, if they’re still open for business.

*Note: articles are from 2017, but have become relavent again because of a dispute between UP and Tesla where UP won’t release cars to Tesla in SLC.

Re: Elon Musk/Tesla takes a shot at the Railroads

Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:03 pm
by NS3322
Yeah, put more semis on the road. As if it isn't already hard to drive on I-94.
With the current state and reckless behavior of Mr. Musk, I do not see Tesla as being a major threat.

Re: Elon Musk/Tesla takes a shot at the Railroads

Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:10 am
by afleetcommand
Just what we need, more freight traffic on our road ways to degrade them and create an even larger tax burden. Have wonder if more efficient short line operations can actually compete with trucks. We have several abandoned industrial sites with rail access not being utilized in our county. For those interested just find the Buckbee Mears Site in Cortland and the rail that goes west of town through to Luker Road, lots of empty building lots there... have to believe many places have similar situations. New York State killed off the industry but sooner or later the requirements to pay for themselves will incent them to attract business back...my guess Fracking will make this miraculous come back once the politically connected people decide its best for them. We also have a lot of Dairy and that is serviced buy 4 or five larger trucking companies to places in PA, Unadilla , and Rochester as all the local processing long since have died after the current governor's dad killed off the smaller farms here. The large operations have all grown....huge....and the "destinations" for their milk are all places with rail access. We don't have a facilities to allow competition to the trucking on those rail heads. Not even certain the rail road can handle that type of thing either I guess. Salt, there is a non stop year around truck train of salt trucks always wondered why there wasn't short line service to the counties then they state, county, and towns could draw from there vs. have this swarm of salt trucks..

Re: Elon Musk/Tesla takes a shot at the Railroads

Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:50 pm
by M.D.Bentley
The new all electric hybrid trucks will not be jamming up the freeways. But......the NEW tunnel system that he will build across the nation. :D :D :D