Tesla’s long-awaiting Semi Truck was finally delivered to the customer. The event took place this Thursday at the company’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. The covid-19 pandemic and the global shortage are the main reason for the delayed truck production in 2019.
Shortly, after the reveal, PepsiCo. reserved 100 Semi Trucks. At the presentation at Tesla’s factory in Sparks, Musk didn’t mention the number of the delivered trucks to PepsiCo, as well as the number of the produced trucks.
The Semi Truck will run on independent motors. They have an estimated battery range of up to 500 miles on a single charge. Musk added that the Semi has three times more power than a diesel truck and the efficiency of using less than 2 kWh of energy per mile.
The first trip of the Teslas Semi Truck took place from Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California to San Diego. Musk pointed out that the truck completed the trip without recharging the battery. The Semi Truck delivers energy in a cost-efficient way.
Musk also didn’t announce the actual prices of the Semi. In 2017, Tesla mentioned that the cost would be $180,000. Due to the inflation impact, is expected that Tesla will add approximately $40,000 to the price of the truck.
Tesla presented the Semi Truck as the future in the world of trucking. Companies such as Nikola motors, Volvo, Daimler, Peterbilt, and BYD used the advantage of Tesla’s struggles with the start of truck production. They started working on their own electric trucks a long time ago and already embraced their EVs.
“Our actual mission is to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy. So, that’s why we’re making this wide range of cars that don’t really make sense from a brand standpoint,” Musk said. It seems that the new Tesla Semi Truck may be worth waiting for.