When Tesla announced the electric truck in 2017, it said there would be two versions. It is essentially a Class 8 truck with a capacity of 80,000 lbs (36,287 kg).
However, one version will allow a range of 300 miles (about 480km) while the other extends the range to 500 miles (about 800 km). Prices for both versions are estimated at around $150,000 and $180,000 respectively.
However, the Tesla Semi is long overdue to go into production, which has disappointed many customers. When it was unveiled in 2017, Tesla said the Semi truck would be on the market in 2019 and began accepting pre-orders from many companies that wanted to invest in electric vehicles.
Although Tesla was unable to deliver the truck in 2019 as initially estimated, it now appears that the company is very close to producing the vehicle. In March, Electrek reported that Tesla had built a production line for the Tesla Semi truck in a new building near Gigafactory Nevada, with the aim of producing five Tesla Semi electrics a week by the end of the year.
It is now said that the production line is ready and that the last final debugging checks are carried out before production officially begins. It’s one of the last steps that needs to be taken. Last summer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told employees in an email that “it’s time to bring the Tesla Semi truck into production” without updating the schedule.
More recently, Tesla said production of the electric truck would begin this year, but had not given further details.
Tesla has revealed that it plans to use the first Tesla Semi trucks for its own business, but some customers who have pre-orders from very early on will also pick up the vehicles later this year.
source : electrek