Tesla Semi Maybe Nearing Pre-Production Level

Elon Musk tweeted pictures of a Tesla Semi delivering Tesla passenger electric cars. The Tesla Semi was not expected to be in full production until 2020. However, it appears that Tesla will be using a few dozen of the Tesla Semi’s and could start delivering some pre-order Semi trucks in 2019.

Tesla will start making to version of the electric semi truck. There will be a 300-mile range version with a starting price around $150,000 and a 500-mile range for $180,000. There is a $20,000 base reservation fee for each vehicle. Regular diesel oil semi truck typically have a cost of $80,000 to $150,000.

Companies like Pepsi and Walmart have a combined total of about 400 pre-orders on Tesla semi trucks.

SOURCES – Elon Musk Twitter, Tesla

Written By Brian Wang, www.nextbigfuture.com

14 thoughts on “Tesla Semi Maybe Nearing Pre-Production Level”

  1. This will be a much truer test of the technology than passenger car sales. It has to make business sense for truckers – transport companies. I think it could be a winner for short runs, especially in urban environments but I doubt it will be very successful for long haul cargoes.

  2. It’s impossible to tell without looking at the letter of the law, but it’s not necessarily a bad idea to keep one anyway even if not legally required. It’s not too much work, and you can pace yourself using it.

    In any case, if you are coming anywhere near the legal limits for driving hours or speed or weight, you’re probably not driving very safely at all. And if you’re doing it for leisure, then risking your life is even less justified.

  3. Truckers can hit 1,000 miles per day once they are out of the cities. Time spent recharging would mean that you can’t hit this mark.

    Time spent recharging is money wasted. Recharging 2-3 times a day, losing what, 2-3 hours? Ouch.

    These trucks are best suited to efficient driving in stop and go traffic where regenerative brakes provide a real advantage. Leave long haul to diesels.

  4. Would you find yourself having to legally keep a log book and keeping to the required sleeping schedule and maximum hours driving per stretch?

  5. With all the legal breaks and limits, I wonder if it actually matter that it only has 300 miles? Seems like most truckers can drive up to 750 miles per day anyway, and that includes at least two sizable breaks.

  6. the funny part is thst an electric semi only has a 300 mile range? rather limits the number teslas you can deliver to customers….

  7. Trucks, cars, rockets and holes, what’s not to like? and batteries, solar panels, etc. Oops, flamethrowers, tell me if I missed anything.

  8. Anybody else think these would make a pretty cool retirement RV with really no downsides except the size? Just get your commerical class license and pull a full size RV conversion trailer. Only $1 per mile to operate. 28 square meters of solar space on the roof or/and 28 square meters of solar pop-out and you could even go to the more remote areas to camp for a couple of weeks without needing quick chargers.

    Tesla pickup pulling something half length is probably more practical though…

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