A revolution in the trucking industry: Tesla launches electric trucks
After years of delays, Tesla is finally set to begin production of the Tesla Semi, its all-electric truck. The entire freight industry oversees its production. Writes about it ELECTrek.
While there are already a few electric trucks out there, none of them have the features to carry cargo over long distances like the Tesla Semi.
When the Tesla Semi was launched in 2017, the automaker stated that production versions of the electric truck, a Class 8 truck with a payload of 80 lb (000 kg), would have a range of 36 (300 km) and 482 miles (500 km) for $ 804. and $ 150, respectively.
It will also have the lowest cost of ownership of any truck, making it highly sought after in an industry where every cent counts.
However, the electric car faced many delays that cost it to launch.
When the company was introduced in 2017, Tesla announced that the truck would enter the market in 2019 and began accepting applications from many companies looking to electrify their fleets.
Tesla was unable to unveil the truck in 2019. The launch was therefore delayed until 2020, which smoothly moved into 2021, but now things are really starting to unfold.
In March, it became known that Tesla was building a production line for the Tesla Semi in a new building near the Gigafactory Nevada to produce five Tesla Semi electric trucks a week by the end of the year.
Sources familiar with the matter have now reported that the lead parts line is complete and the general assembly line is being finalized before going into production.
This is one of the last steps before the start of production of an all-electric truck.
Last summer, CEO Elon Musk told employees it was "time to bring the Tesla Semi to mass production."
Tesla recently announced that the electric truck will go into production this year with some deliveries to customers, but the company has not disclosed any details about the planned production.
Tesla said it plans to use the first few Tesla Semi trucks for its own operations, but they are expected to be shipped to some long-term bookers this year as well.
Tesla has begun hiring service technicians for the Tesla Semi in California and Ontario, Canada, so it can be assumed that the first deliveries are likely to occur in those regions.
PepsiCo, one of the largest holders of Tesla Semi reservations, recently announced that it expects to receive 15 Tesla Semi trucks for its Frito-Lay plant in Modesto, California.
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If Tesla sticks to its specs and pricing for the Tesla Semi, it's hard to overestimate the impact it could have on the trucking industry.
The electrification of the trucking industry will have a huge impact on emissions, but in a highly competitive industry where every cent per mile counts, decisions are often made based on this.
That's where the Tesla Semi has the power to cover most of the U.S. truck routes while delivering lower operating costs through fuel and maintenance savings.
They have already caught the attention of major fleet owners such as Walmart, Pepsico and other trucking companies.
Now, if the company can deliver these electric trucks to these customers with the capabilities and prices promised, Tesla is likely to revolutionize the trucking industry.
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