Tesla: Elon Musk announces the start of semitrailer production

Tesla: Elon Musk announces the start of semitrailer production


Electric truck “Semi”
After a long wait: Elon Musk announces the start of production of the Tesla semitrailer

Elon Musk at the presentation of Tesla’s new electric truck in Hawthorne, California (file photo from November 16, 2017)

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The start of production of Tesla’s electric truck has been a long time coming – now the time has come. CEO Elon Musk has announced that the American manufacturer’s first trailer truck has entered production. The first cars will be delivered in December.

According to company boss Elon Musk, Tesla’s electric semi-trailer truck, which was delayed for years, has entered production. The first cars will be delivered to beverage and food giant Pepsi on December 1, as Musk announced Friday night on Twitter. The numbers were not previously announced. It is a version with a distance of about 800 km, he wrote.

The Tesla semi-trailer was previously announced for 2019

The semi-trailer “Tesla Semi” was presented by Musk at the end of 2017 and production was planned for 2019. After that, however, Tesla preferred to use the existing capacity to make batteries for passenger cars such as Model 3 and Model Y.

Musk had announced the first delivery at the end of the year in August. According to its previous information, production was expected for next year.

Tesla promises lower costs with “Semi” than when driving conventional diesel trucks, among other things through cheap electricity at its fast charging stations in the United States and easy maintenance. Among those interested are logistics services such as Fedex, DHL and UPS as well as supermarket giant Walmart. There should also be a version with a range of about 480 km.

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