Tesla has delivered its first electric Semi trucks, three years later than promised

Tesla Semi Truck

Tesla held yesterday the official delivery event of the first production version of its Semi electric trucks to its first customer: PepsiCo.

“We’re incredibly excited tonight to actually deliver our first production Tesla Semi trucks,” Musk said at the event at Nevada plant. The all-electric Semi features an innovative design, shaped “like a bullet,” in which the driver sits in the center of the cab rather than on the side and, according to Musk, is far more powerful than a diesel, with a 0 to 60 mph acceleration speed of 20 seconds.

The Semi’s battery can be charged to 70% capacity in 30 minutes at a fast charging station, and the range varies between 300 and 500 miles on a single charge. “It’s not like 500 miles with no load, with special aero, and special everything. It’s fully loaded.”

“If you’re a trucker and you want the most badass rig on the road, this is it.”

Elon Musk

“It’s been a long journey, long five years, but this is gonna really revolutionize the roads and I think make the world a better place in a meaningful way,” Musk added.

The company didn’t provide pricing information for the truck, but in 2017, when it was first unveiled the 500-mile version cost $150,000, and the 800-mile version cost $180,000. In May of this year, Tesla began actively accepting reservations again for a $20,000 down payment. “And first deliveries are now,” as Musk said on Thursday. It is estimated that 100 units will be produced this year, with a target of 50,000 units by 2024.

Musk did not take any questions at the end of the event, which sparked some skepticism over the vehicle’s capabilities, Reuters reported.

A few days ago, the French automaker Renault began making deliveries of its E-Tech electric trucks for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners. The beverage giant is electrifying one-fifth of its truck fleet and develops the largest fleet of electric trucks in Belgium thanks to the partnership with Renault Trucks.

Source: cnn.com