Tesla held a special presentation to celebrate the first delivery of production Tesla Semi trucks to customers. Not even five years have passed since the first presentation of this electric tractor. The event featured two trucks in the livery of Pepsi and Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, plus two more in plain white.
The Tesla Semi was first shown as a prototype in 2017. Then the CEO of Tesla Elon Musk said that the production of trucks will start in 2019.
During an ongoing presentation at Tesla’s factory in Sparks, Nevada, Musk did not say how many trucks PepsiCo will actually get, or how many Tesla Semis have already been built or what the production rate is.
The all-electric Tesla Semi has an unusual design in which the driver sits in the center of the cab, instead of on the side as usual. Tesla touts the truck’s performance, saying that even with a full load, it accelerates much faster than traditional diesel semi-trucks. A video during the launch showed a fully loaded Tesla Semi accelerating up a steep incline and passing other trucks.
Tesla already has an order for 2,000 Tesla Semi trucks, but it is unclear when the company will be able to fulfill them.
Bonus. A fully loaded Tesla Semi on a 500 mile (800 km) trip on a single charge.
Technical specifications of the Tesla Semi
Weight of a fully loaded vehicle – 37,000 kg
Mile range – 480-800 km
Maximum speed – 120 km/h (US highway speed limit)
Acceleration from 0-96 km/h – 20 seconds
Powertrain – 3 independent motors on rear axles
Energy consumption – less than 2 kWh per 1.6 km
Fast charging – up to 70% of range in 30 minutes
Fuel savings (est.) – up to $200,000 over 3 years