Computer-Generated Images Imagine Tesla Semi as an RV
The Electric Automaker’s Latest EV Would Make a Great Vehicle for Camping Off the Grid
After years of research and development, Tesla finally started shipping its long-anticipated Semi truck to commercial customers in December 2022. That’s three years later than the company initially expected the vehicle to be ready. Still, thanks to its impressive range and towing capacity, it is already making waves in the trucking industry. But the EV’s looks and performance have caught the attention of others, including one company that has gone so far as to imagine what the Semi would look like as an RV.
Not long after Tesla unveiled the production model of the Semi, electric vehicle accessory manufacturer, Jowua provided a glimpse of the EV as an RV. The company released a set of rendered images on its Twitter feed, giving fans an intriguing look at how the truck would look as an off-grid camper. And while those images fall into the “wishful-thinking” category for now, they are intriguing enough to raise hope that someone will turn them into reality.
The Semi features a 900-kilo-watt-hour battery pack, giving it a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge while towing an 82,000-pound load. The EV can accelerate from zero to 60 in under 20 seconds, which is impressively fast for a vehicle of its size. An array of safety features—including advanced motor and brake controls—add stability and improved traction. And while Tesla initially promised autonomous features at launch, the company continues to work on that functionality.
Jowua imagined the Semi as the sleek-looking RV you see in the computer-generated image above. The rugged-looking concept vehicle has ten wheels and a large living area built on top of Tesla’s electric platform. Another image gives us a look at the interior, which is open, spacious, and filled with high-tech gadgets.
While the Tesla Semi RV isn’t real, it is easy to imagine what such a vehicle could bring to the table. Because it wouldn’t need to carry as heavy a load as the trucks used in the shipping industry, the EV’s range would probably be well beyond the official 500-mile rating. Better still, the large battery pack would make camping off-grid a breeze, allowing RVers to spend weeks at remote campsites while powering their HVAC, appliances, lighting, and other electronics.
According to Tesla, the first 100 Semi trucks are going to PepsiCo. After those have all rolled off the assembly line, the company will start shipping to other corporate partners at a starting price tag of about $150,000. Once production has fully ramped up, however, it could be possible that we would see an RV manufacturer use the platform for a new, fully-electric model.
For now, though, we’ll just have to continue to dream about the possibilities.