Earlier this year, Tesla sent “Save the Date” emails to customers with regards to the reveal of the Tesla Semi truck. The event had been set to take place on October 26, after being postponed from the original release date of September 28.
Back in April, Elon Musk even tweeted, saying that the team has done an amazing job building the Tesla Semi truck. He described it as the “next level” vehicle. But just recently, Tesla announced that the Semi’s reveal date will again be moved to November 16. You are probably wondering what’s with the delay this time. Well, Musk tweeted that it has something to do with production bottlenecks for the Model 3, plus the company had to increase battery cell production for the energy storage system that is currently being sent to Puerto Rico and other areas that had been affected by tragedies.
Despite all that, we found that Tesla will actually cover travel and accommodation expenses caused by the delay of the Semi truck’s reveal, so customers should not be disappointed.
What do we know about the Tesla Semi so far? There have been a lot of rumours about the model’s specifications. For instance, there was a report saying that the Tesla Semi will have 200 to 300 miles of range, and that it will have an ultra-fast charging battery. However, none of these have been confirmed yet.
Earlier, Musk also described it as a “heavy duty, long range, semi-truck”. It will be able to carry a lot of weight while driving long distances, alleviating heavy duty trucking loads. It is in fact a contrary to what most people think that trucks do not have enough power or range. Therefore, Musk wants to prove them wrong with this model, where he can show people that an all-electric truck can actually out-torque any diesel semi, and that it will win in a tug-of-war versus any diesel semi.
This could mean that the Tesla Semi will have a load limit of 80,000 pounds and come with a maximum load of 40,000 pounds, with the truck only weighing at around 35,000 pounds.
Furthermore, the Tesla Semi may be good for economics. Recently, Morgan Stanley said that the Semi could be “the biggest catalyst in trucking in decades”, and that it may actually be 70 percent cheaper to operate than a diesel-powered truck. But as I have mentioned earlier, these are all just rumours and that no confirmed details have been released just yet. Still, expectations are pretty high.
Hopefully, Tesla does not postpone the reveal to another date, because a lot of people are anticipating the release of the Semi truck and another change might disappoint them. So by next month, we will find out more details when they finally release the all-electric truck.