Submitted by wouter on January 5, 2018
I want to share a preliminary study that we've done on the Tesla Semi truck:
the claimed drag coefficient of 0.35 is pretty impressive, so we ran a simulation on the Tesla Semi as well as on a reference truck.
Despite our 3D model being based on internet images, we indeed got a drag coefficient of 0.35!
So even taking quite some margin of error into account, this is still a massive improvement over convential trucks.
Should anyone have access to a more detailed model (Mr. Elon Musk, if you read this, just send it through!), we'd be happy to run a more detailed simulation!
You can download the full article here:
Simulation reports can be found here:
I'm much looking forward to your thoughts and comments on this one!