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Bring in the Aerodynamic Battery Powered Semi-Truck by City Tech Blogger Jorge Rivas

I believe that we as a society should strive to lower the amount of pollution caused by the vehicles we use, especially when it comes to trucks, our country’s main mode of transportation when it comes to shipping goods. While most of us do not drive trucks, we buy products these trucks deliver.  Trucks contribute to the large amount of greenhouse gas emissions, one of the main causes of climate change. It is nice to see that an influential company such as Telsa is looking to change the paradigm. Not too long ago Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi, an aerodynamic battery powered semi-truck. Anheuser-Bush, a beer-brewing company, ordered 40 Tesla Semis and stated that incorporating these trucks will allow them to reduce their carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025. While the trucks have yet to be built, they show promising potential and if many companies switch over to an electric alternative, I believe that climate change can be slowed.


What I do not understand is that Semi trucks are not treated in the same manner as passenger cars. What I would especially like to emphasize is that many passenger cars are designed to be aerodynamic, therefore reducing the amount of gas needed to move the car from point A to point B. All of the trucks I have seen, most are blocky in design and look as there has been no innovation to the overall their design. I believe that any change that can help environment should be implemented.

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  1. Such a great thought. It is a good way to minimize the carbon output caused by burning fossil fuels. But, it looks like an expensive project to accomplish. Tesla designs the fuel efficient passenger car which is still very pricey. On the other hand, as we try to solve one problem, we often forget its affects in the long run. All electric cars use batteries to store the charge initially. The materials used to create the battery are as dangerous as the combustion of the fuel in terms of disposal. So we need to think of other ways to minimize our use and dependence on certain energy producing materials

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