Tesla has finally started production of its all-electric semi-trailer truck, with the first ones due to be delivered to Pepsi on December 1.
the head of the company, Elon Muskrevealed the news in a tweet Thursday night, adding that the truck is “super fun to drive.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2022
In addition to Pepsi, other interested buyers of the Tesla Semi truck are reportedly companies such as Walmart, FedEx, DHL, United Parcel Service and Anheuser-Busch.
Since its introduction five years ago, Tesla’s semi-trailer truck has faced a series of production delays, forcing interested customers to exercise great patience, or causing them to consider alternatives, while waiting for the arrival. from the truck.
Tesla boss Musk said in August that the 500-mile-range version of the Semi would start shipping before the end of 2022, and it looks like it really is going to happen. The summer announcement came as a surprise as Tesla’s boss had said earlier in the year that the company would not introduce any new vehicles in 2022, leaving many to believe the truck would land in 2023. While that will likely remain the case for Most of Semi’s customers, Pepsi have been lucky and it looks like they will receive the electric truck in early December.
The first semi-trailers are being built near Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, while mass production of the vehicle is expected to take place at its Giga Texas site near Austin.
The Tesla Semi features a sleek design and can hit 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when loaded to its maximum gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds.
The vehicle is built with four independent motors for maximum power and acceleration, which Tesla says gives it low energy costs per mile.
The California-based company has been testing prototypes of the vehicle on public roads. In 2019, for example, a Semi was seen hauling new cars along a California freeway in what was apparently one of the vehicle’s first road tests.
And in 2021, Tesla shared images showing the truck driving along a test track at its factory in Fremont, California.
In addition to the 500-mile version, Tesla will also release a Semi with a 300-mile range. The base price for the former is expected to be $180,000, and the latter $150,000.