Tesla’s long-delayed tractor-trailer has started production, and the company will begin deliveries as soon as December 1, Elon Musk has announced on twitter. When the automaker introduced the Tesla Semi in 2017, it expected to start manufacturing the electric big rigs by 2019. While that obviously didn’t happen, Musk told employees in an email in early 2020 that the vehicle was already in limited production and that it was “time to go all out and get the Tesla Semi into full-scale production.” However, in April this year, the automaker announced in an earnings call that it would push deliveries back to 2021 again.
Unfortunately, 2021 was not the year of the semifinals either. Tesla told shareholders in another earnings call that deliveries would be delayed to 2022 due to global supply chain bottlenecks affecting the technology and auto industries, as well as then-limited production capacity for the vehicle’s battery cells in the Type 4680. Musk didn’t directly say that the company’s problems with component shortages for the tractor-trailer have already been addressed. But if it’s started building the vehicles and there’s already an estimated delivery date, Tesla must at least have enough parts to build Semis for its first customer.
The first batch of Semis will be delivered to Pepsi, which ordered 100 vehicles from the company back in December 2017 TechCrunch notes that other major companies had also ordered trucks from the automaker, including Walmart and UPS. And in May of this year, the automaker opened up reservations to more customers for a $20,000 deposit. A Semi costs between $150,000 and $180,000, depending on range, and can go up to 500 miles on a single charge.
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