Five years after Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially presented the Tesla Semi electric truck, the first example has finally been delivered. The truck was delivered on Tuesday during a Semi Delivery Event held at the Gigafactory in Nevada, and was picked up by Pepsi, which previously ordered a total of 100 units.
The Tesla Semi was introduced back in 2017, and two versions were announced at a price of $150,000 and $180,000. The difference is in the range, one version exceeds 483 and the other 805 kilometers with one battery charge.
The prices are significantly higher compared to a standard diesel truck that costs about 60,000 dollars, but Tesla claims that the Semi is more economical and that it brings savings of up to 250,000 dollars per million miles traveled, or 1,609,344 kilometers.
"People may wonder why build a semi truck," Musk said.
During the presentation of the truck, Musk said that it is powered by a huge 1 MW battery and that it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 20 seconds, which is impressive because the Semi can pull more than 36 tons.
The battery is charged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. Electric trucks are equipped with improved Autopilot, blind spot sensors and other technology. "At Tesla, we don't make slow cars," he said. When the truck is not towing anything, he declared, "it looks like an elephant moving like a cheetah." When he unveiled the truck in 2017, Musk said deliveries could be expected in 2019.
In April 2020, the deadline was officially moved to 2021, and the reason given was problems in production and the supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In May 2020, Musk sent an email to employees and invited them to prepare for truck production.
However, another delay occurred in July 2021 due to a lack of chips and battery production. "From a health standpoint... this is a huge impact," Musk said. "In addition climate change and global warming matters... it's going to fundamentally improve the health of people living near freeways." Nevertheless, the first example of the truck was finally delivered.