Musk Announces Pepsi Reviving Tesla’s First Semi Production On Dec. 1

In a tweet, Elon Musk announced that deliveries of the Tesla Semi began on December 1. Pepsi was the first company to get it.

The only other detail Musk gave is that the Semi has a range of 500 miles and is “very fun to drive.”

The Tesla Semi originally debuted in November 2017. The specifications announced at the time said the truck could reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 5.0 seconds while not pulling a load. That time increases to 20 seconds when hauling an 80,000 pound (36,287 kilogram) trailer.

At gross vehicle weight and highway speeds, the Semi has a projected range of 500 miles or 300 miles (483 kilometers), depending on battery options. On a Tesla Megacharger, it is allegedly possible to cover a distance of 400 miles in 30 minutes.

Later, Musk says that the distance is 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) maybe from a future Spring version. He even called the fix “easy”.

In September 2022, Tesla updated the Semi . list on its site and remove the button to place. Changes include using three motors to power the rear axle instead of the original plan for four.

Shortly after its 2017 debut, PepsiCo ordered 100 Tesla Semis. Canadian Walmart ask 130 of them, and Anheuser-Busch ordered 40 units. Frito-Lay, a wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiCo, order 15 trucks.

Tesla originally planned to start deliveries of the Semi in 2019. Despite production delays, there are are some spy shots and videos from truck testing. The pre-production unit is from Nevada, but the automaker eventually plans to build it at its Giga Texas facility. It’s unclear how many Semis cars it wants to produce each year.

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