College of Engineering Dean Erick Jones attended the unveiling of the new Tesla Semi, an all-electric Class 8 commercial semi-truck, at an event on December 1 at the Gigafactory in Sparks.
Tesla and the College of Engineering have a history of collaborating on student internships and career opportunities. Most recently, engineering students attended Tesla Demo Day on November 17 to interact with the engineering and contracting teams at the Gigafactory.
Engineering Dean Erick Jones checks out the interior of the new Tesla Semi.
The December 1 event showcased the first delivery of the Tesla Semi to customer Pepsi. The Tesla Semi will reportedly have an estimated range of 500 miles on a single charge, pulling up to 82,000 pounds.
“I believe this feat will challenge all engineers and the next generation of engineers to come up with design that is innovative, exciting and sustainable,” Jones wrote in a social media post about the event.
Jones also praised Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who entered the National Academy of Engineering in February.
“I had the opportunity last night to see one of the greatest engineers of our time launch an EV tractor trailer that will improve global sustainability, support an equitable community infrastructure, and possibly ameliorate the driver shortage through the “cool” factor,” Jones wrote. .
Sustainable, net circular, and green are a focus for the College of Engineering, as well as an equitable community infrastructure.