Some interesting pro and con insights from someone in the business.
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/21/tesla-semi-trucker-questions/"Jackknifing is impossible." This is a lie.
"You have to sit there for 15 minutes while the tank gets filled." Truckers don't "sit there"
"[A truck cab is] a clutter of third-party devices, it's very difficult to use.... It's a pain-in-the-neck." No, it's not.
"We want a vehicle that accelerates like nothing else." I'm far more interested in braking. Show me how much the Semi can lop off that braking distance.
I'd want more mirrors.
With the central seating position, I don't see how that helps a trucker. I can't lean over to see if there's a Toyota Corolla camped out beside me. The central seating position hampers my commanding view when I need that view most: when I back up. For any backing maneuver, I watch both sides of the trailer in my mirrors to make sure I don't clobber anything, or I lean out of the truck to watch the trailer as I back. Being able to physically watch the trailer – not camera images on screens – can be the difference between making a clean back-up or making an insurance claim. Furthermore, I can't see around trucks in front of me without pulling halfway into another lane. When I need to exchange paperwork with the guard at a terminal, or the police, I can't lean out the window to do so.