The first prototypes of the Tesla Semi were first presented to the public at the end of 2017 and since then it has been a story of comings and goings when it comes to its series production. Now, however, that moment is closer than ever, as Tesla has begun to accept orders of clients for your electric truck.
To date, the Tesla Semi could be reserved but not ordered as such. Now you can go one step further and interested potential customers will be able to make a reservation for this futuristic electric truck. To formalize the order, Tesla asks for a deposit of 5,000 dollars (refundable) and ten days later, with the manufacturing order already registered, a transfer of 15,000 dollars must be made. From the company’s website you can order more than one unit, having to give an additional $20,000 signal for each Semi ordered.
Tesla has not yet announced the final price of its electric truck. However, on its website it announces that the “expected base price” is $150,000 for the standard autonomy Semi (480 kilometers) and $180,000 for the longer-range version (800 kilometers). With that “expected base price”, Tesla reserves some room for maneuver to adjust the prices of the Semi based on the prices of raw materials such as nickel, lithium or cobalt, increases that have already been reflected in prices. of the cars of the American company.
Tesla has not yet said when its electric truck will start mass production and, therefore, we do not know when it will begin to be delivered to its first customers. In any case, everything indicates that the production of the Semi could start next 2023.
What we know about the specifications of the Tesla Semi
At the moment all the technical details of the Tesla electric truck are not known, although a few are. It will have 4 electric motors that will drive the rear wheels and will be available in two different versions, with 482 and 800 kilometers of autonomy, respectively. Tesla has not announced the size of the batteries for each version, although some estimates can be made based on consumption data.
Tesla says that its electric truck will consume less than 2 kWh per mile, or what is the same: about 124 kWh per 100 kilometers. Taking into account the announced autonomy, we would be talking about the version with more autonomy will have a battery with about 1 MWh of capacity (almost 1000 kWh, taking into account the consumption and the announced autonomy). To achieve the lowest possible consumption, Tesla has put special emphasis on the truck’s aerodynamics, which has a Cd of only 0.36. Tesla says the truck will pay for itself in just two years thanks to reduced fuel and maintenance costs compared to an equivalent diesel truck.
According to the company run by Elon Musk, the Tesla Semi you will be able to maintain a constant speed of 100 km/h on a 5% grade while towing a loaded trailer, and will be able to do 0-100 km/h in less than 20 seconds with a 37,000-kilo trailer attached. And how could it be otherwise, it will be equipped as standard with Autopilot, the driving assistant already known in the company’s electric cars.