Tesla: the truck arrives before the end of the year

Back in 2017, Elon Musk’s company first introduced the Semi, a fully electric truck, with the promise of a commercial launch in North America and Europe for 2019. However, as also happened with the huge electric SUV – the Cybertruck-, the initially scheduled deadlines were postponed, and the image of a road scenario with autonomous trucks was becoming blurred. Until now.

Tesla recently posted new images of the electric truck on its official website, and Musk confirmed that the first deliveries will take place at the end of 2022.

The Tesla Semi shows some differences from the original version.

The images of the Semi have been leaking for several years, after the presentation of the first prototype in 2017; photos of the truck were taken on tours of Tesla factories, and even recharging its batteries at a station in Nevada. Even so, details about the vehicle’s final design and mechanics had not been confirmed; and in fact they are still not officially confirmed, although in the sector they speculate that if the promised deliveries for the end of the current year are fulfilled, it could be talking about the final version.

Tesla's website recently posted new photos of the Tesla Semi.
Tesla’s website recently posted new photos of the Tesla Semi.

One of the differences that it shows compared to the first Semi presented is that the rear wheels are not covered, instead they adopt a standard format of a heavy transport truck. Another novelty is that now the truck It has rear view mirrors. that originally were not because they would be replaced by cameras.

On the other hand, the updated website shows that the production version of the Tesla Semi will be equipped with three independent motors on the rear axlescompared to the four of the initial specifications.

Among several leaked photos, a Tesla Semi was captured recharging at a station in Nevada.
Among several leaked photos, a Tesla Semi was captured recharging at a station in Nevada.

In terms of numbers, the data shared at the time was maintained. The Semi will feature two battery versions: one with 483 kilometers of autonomy, and another with 804 kilometers of autonomy with full charge. Although the power of the batteries was not revealed, it is speculated that, to reach the established autonomy, they should be 600 kWh and 1,000 kWh respectively.

A novelty in relation to the operation of the batteries is that, using the “Tesla Semichargers”could complete a charge up to 70% in 30 minutes.

In terms of speed, the vehicle described by Musk as “a powerful, efficient, electric beast that represents the future of trucks”, it will be able to accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in just 20 seconds. Its combined gross weight with a loaded trailer is 37,195 kilos.

Another of the novelties that gave something to talk about with respect to the next launch of the electric beast is that it is no longer possible to make a reservation of the model on the Tesla website. There could be two possible explanations: that they have already reached their planned production limit and they prefer not to commit to deliveries that they will not be able to make; or what there will be an update on the price del Semi, considering that from the estimated price in 2017, a lot of water passed under the tycoon’s business.

These were the prices published in 2017:

Tesla has been promising the arrival of the Semi since 2017, when Musk presented the first prototype.
Tesla has been promising the arrival of the Semi since 2017, when Musk presented the first prototype.

Another of the promises that Tesla made is that, comparing the consumption and expenses of a standard truck, compared to the Semi, $200,000 could be saved in the first three years of use. “Charging with electricity is almost three times cheaper per mile than refueling with diesel. Drivers will see estimated fuel savings of up to $200,000 in the first three years of ownership. With the possibility of making diagnoses; have wireless software updates; having fewer parts, and requiring less service, could spend less time in maintenance centers, and more time on the road”, he explained in the official statement.

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