Tesla Electric Semi vs Mack Anthem Comparison

  • The future of mobility is electric and this applies to the commercial trucking space as well.
  • Tesla commenced deliveries of its much-awaited electric truck, the Semi.
  • We compare it to the established Mack Anthem that has been around for over a century.

In this post, we compare the Mack Anthem and Tesla Semi electric truck. Tesla commenced the deliveries of its electric truck a few days ago. It aims to disrupt the market with affordable eco-friendly trucks. Moreover, the performance stats of the Semi are quite exquisite. On the other hand, Mack has been making trucks for over 100 years. Its diesel trucks are arguably the most popular among buyers. Let us take a look at the comparison between these two products with different hearts.

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Tesla Electric Semi vs Mack Anthem Specs Comparison

In terms of the specifications, Tesla has been quite tight-lipped about the actual performance numbers. However, there are a few numbers revealed by the EV giant allowing us to take a calculated guess. Elon Musk announced that the Semi will have a tri-motor setup. Considering the motors in the other Tesla EVs, we can estimate a total power output of somewhere in the vicinity of 900 hp and 1,600 lb-ft torque. This will allow a 0-60 mph acceleration time of around 5 secs (unloaded) and 20 secs (loaded). These are some serious performance numbers.

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On the other hand, the Mack Anthem comes in different variants – MP7, MP8 and MP8HE. Depending on the trim you choose, the power and torque range from 325 hp to 505 hp and 1,260 lb-ft to 1,860 lb-ft. However, the real difference lies in the performance. Under loaded conditions, the Anthem is able to achieve the 0-60 mph acceleration in 60 secs. That is three times slower than the Semi.

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Specs ComparisonTesla SemiMack Anthem
Powertrain3 Electric Motors10.8-litre and 13-litre diesel
Power900 hp (exp.)325 – 505 hp
Torque1,600 lb-ft (exp.)1,260 – 1,860 lb-ft
Acceleration (0-60 mph) (Loaded)20 secs60 secs
Drag Coeff.0.360.65 – 0.70
Specs Comparison

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Price Comparison

The other significant difference lies in the prices. Tesla has priced the Semi quite competitively in order to disrupt the trucking market. Its prices start from $150,000 (for the 300-mile range version) and $180,000 (for the 500-mile range version). However, after the tax credit reduction, these prices drop down to $110,000 to $140,000. On the other hand, the Mack ranges from $100,000 (for the cabin version) and $140,000 (for the sleeper models). The other diesel-powered popular trucks are significantly more expensive.

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Price ComparisonTesla Semi (after tax credit)Mack Anthem
Base Trim (starting)$110,000$100,000
Higher Trim (starting)$140,000$140,000
Price Comparison

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Interior and Features

On the inside, the Tesla features a minimalist cabin with a unique centre seating position for the driver for better visibility. There are two large 15-inch touchscreens to manage all the features and controls for the HVAC and the truck. There are two additional seats behind the driver’s seat. However, there is no provision for sleeping, at least from the images that we saw. However, if there are changes to that, we will have to wait to find out.

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On the other hand, the Mack Anthem has a more traditional cabin with tons of control switches and room for microwave, fridge, racks and sleeping. There is a dashboard with tons of buttons geared toward the driver. The seat adjustments are quite extensive. But the main difference lies in the massive area for sleeping. Installation of the mattress allows drivers to sleep during long hauls. It is definitely a more established and accepted cabin layout.

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Tesla Electric Semi vs Mack Anthem Comparison
Tesla Electric Semi vs Mack Anthem Comparison

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