If your idea of trucker life comes from movies like Smokey and the Bandit or Convoy, you’re living in the past. Truckers have swapped their citizen band radios for tablets, smartphones, and apps. But that doesn’t mean they’ve completely abandoned the CB radio lingo of the glory days.
Police officers are still called “Smokey,” Mack trucks are referred to as “Bulldogs,” and ambulances are known as “Band-Aid Buggies.” The lingo has changed since its heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s — no one calls each other “good buddy” anymore — but a lot of it is still in use. Which made me curious: once Tesla’s new Semi trucks start hitting the road in earnest in a couple years, what should truckers call them?
Elon Musk seems content to call the truck just “Semi,” which honestly is pretty disappointing. Especially since Musk seems obsessed with using inside jokes or crude humor to name his various projects. The fact that the truck will forever be “Semi” seems like an enormous missed opportunity.
I reached out to a couple of experts to see whether we could come up with some better names for Tesla’s truck. I asked Henry Albert, a veteran trucker and owner of Albert Transport Inc., and Joel Morrow, a driver with Ploger Transportation, for their ideas. I also tapped into The Verge’s hive mind for inspiration (as well as few outside pun-smiths), and came up with what I think is a pretty good list. Please vote below for your favorite, and we’ll tweet the winner at Musk to see if he likes it. (And if you have your own submissions, please leave them in the comments section.)
What slang name should we give to Tesla’s new truck?
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- 2%AMP truck(223 votes)
- 3%Watt truck(280 votes)
- 31%Juice box(3278 votes)
- 7%Volts wagon(792 votes)
- 8%BFT (Big Fucking Truck)(884 votes)
- 1%Zap & Zoom(99 votes)
- 8%Battery bus(887 votes)
- 15%Sparky(1549 votes)
- 9%Tessie(931 votes)
- 4%The Musketeer(414 votes)
- 5%Electric boogaloo(553 votes)
- 5%Solar bear(572 votes)
- 1%Bucket of bolts(127 votes)