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Tesla Semi begins production, first deliveries for December

Tesla is participating in the Pepsi Challenge, with the first examples of Half to meet the giants of soft drinks before the end of the year.

CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the Semi has begun production and that the first delivered cars will reach Pepsi on December 1.

The beverage company announced it had purchased 100 Semis in December 2017, just a month after the vehicle was revealed.

While he didn’t tweet a photo of the production line or a finished car, Musk reiterated that it will have a 500-mile (805km) range and “super fun to drive” – ​​not the latter. is usually a high priority for heavy truck buyers.

The company has yet to confirm battery specs or power and torque for the Semi.

Earlier this year, Tesla removed pricing information for the Semi from its website and closed pre-orders, although it did share more information about the vehicle.

Now, a visit to Tesla’s website only shows a Get Updates button in place of the option to pre-order.

While the range numbers remain the same – 483km or 805km – Tesla now notes that the Semi has three electric motors on the rear axle, not four as previously announced.

The specifications have not changed.

It can accelerate from 0-60mph (0-96km/h) in 20 seconds and can implement a “highway speed limit” to 5% – although Tesla previously specified it on its website. is 60mph on the same level.

Tesla says it uses 2kWh less energy per 1.6km even when fully charged with a total combined weight of 82,000lb (37,200kg) and can be charged to 70% in 30 minutes using the one. which the company is now calling the Tesla Semi Charger.

Prices have been removed from the site. When it announced pricing earlier this year, Tesla listed the standard model at US$150,000 (AU$217,657) and the extended model at US$180,000 (AU$261,189), with a set amount. the former is US$20,000 (AU$29,021).

Tesla recently released additional images and videos of the Semi, and its appearance remains the same as originally promised.

That includes the cockpit, where the driver’s seat is centrally located with two large touchscreens freely next to the steering wheel and tilted towards the driver.

The wheel itself has received an update with what appear to be capacitive touch buttons. While Tesla didn’t put a yoke in the Semi as it has with Model WILL and X modelthere doesn’t seem to be any regular trunks.

The center console has also been redesigned. Instead of three consecutive cup holders, there appear to be two wireless phone chargers, while the cup holder is pushed further back and to the side.

Semi was revealed in 2017, with plans to start production during 2019 deliveries.

It was revealed at the same time as the second-generation Roadster, another model that has yet to be produced.

The company touted the long-awaited truck as safer and cheaper than conventional diesel trucks, with fewer moving parts for maintenance and less time at the center. service center.

Tesla has never produced heavy trucks, which poses a challenge for the company.

In contrast, manufacturers that introduced electric pickups such as Daimler and Volvo have extensive experience in the production of heavy-duty trucks.

Freightliner eCascadia by Daimler Trucks offers 194kWh, 291kWh and 438kWh batteries and has a range of 249, 354 or 370 km.

Its Detroit ePowertrain is available in either single or dual engine configurations, the first with 143kW and 15,600Nm of torque and the latter with 294kW and 31,000Nm.

Volvo’s FM and FH electric vans offer up to 540kWh of battery capacity, with FM providing a range of up to 380km.

They feature 2-3 electric motors, with claimed continuous output up to 490kW and support DC fast charging up to 250kW.

Volvo Trucks began mass production of electric trucks in 2019, and its electric vehicle line-up now includes six vehicles.


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