The electric car manufacturer Tesla has started production of its electric-powered truck with trailer Tesla Semi Truck. Tesla boss Elon Musk announced this on Twitter on Friday. Delivery of the first vehicles is scheduled for December 1, 2022, Musk writes. The first trucks produced will go to the Pepsi beverage company.
Years of delay
According to the original plans, the production of the Tesla Semi Truck presented in November 2017 should take place as early as 2019. But nothing came of it. At the beginning of 2020, the first success story came: Musk announced that the first vehicles were already being built in limited numbers, but then had to admit that deliveries were not possible and that they would be postponed until 2021.
The corona crisis and its effects on the supply chains of car suppliers also thwarted this, Tesla announced at the time. The 4680 battery cells for each Tesla Semi Truck could not be produced in sufficient quantities. The available production capacities for the cells should be reserved for Tesla cars. Then, in August 2022, Musk announced that production of the semi-truck would begin by the end of the year.
It is unclear whether Tesla now has sufficient parts for the continuous construction of the vehicles. Because everything in the automotive supply chains is far from running smoothly. Apparently, however, the parts and production capacities are sufficient to be able to deliver the first vehicles to Pepsi on time. The beverage company ordered 100 Tesla trucks in December 2017 shortly after the presentation — in addition to the Walmart retail chain and transportation service provider UPS.
The trailer that is now on the horizon is the version with a range of 800 km, as Musk tweeted: “500 mile range & super fun to drive”. A second version with a shorter range of 480 km will follow later. The costs per vehicle are between 150,000 and 180,000 dollars (about 153,500 to 184,100 euros). Pre-orders have been possible since May with a deposit of 20,000 dollars.
Corrected cell count instruction.