Semi was unveiled in November 2017. During the presentation, CEO Elon Musk touted a range of over 500 miles with a full load and zero-to-60 times that would rival some sedans.
The supplier expects 2,500 Semis in 2021 and up to 25,000 Semis produced in 2023. A sleeper cab version is also expected to be produced in 2021. According to the source, Tesla wants to eventually reach a capacity of 50,000 Semis per year.
EXCLUSIVE: For a few weeks I’ve been in contact with a source from a U.S Tesla supplier. They supply certain parts for the S,X,3 and Y, but I’m here to reveal some info on Tesla Semi. As always, take these kinds of things with a grain of salt. Things/timelines can change.— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) February 4, 2021
RC builds will start May 2021. Pilot prod will start in July 2021 & the start of prod will be Aug 2021 (for this suppliers parts). Cumulative builds of 350 by Aug 2021.— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) February 4, 2021
• 100/week by end of 2021
• 500/week by end of 2022
• Sleeper cab by the mid 2021
It’s important to note that in the past TESLA has promised a lot of things but has not delivered on the actual production.
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According to tesla, The semi will have a “Lowest Cost of Ownership”
Electric energy costs are half those of diesel. With fewer systems to maintain, the Tesla Semi provides $200,000+ in fuel savings and a two-year payback period.