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DESIGNING TRUCKS FOR PLATOONING

If Tesla wants its planned electric truck to come with enough range acceptable to haulage fleets, it might need to accelerate research into platooning, smart trucks connecting digitally to travel in close convoy to improve overall fuel economy. 

Kevin Golsch, technical director of Exa Corporation, said the benefits of drafting in this manner have been proven. In April this year, a fleet of trucks from all of the major European manufacturers linked via Wi-Fi to take part in a Dutch-organised transcontinental drive.