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Tesla Sends Its New Semi On a Cargo Run

March 16, 2018

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In November, Tesla unveiled the world’s first all-electric semi-truck that would reportedly have a range of 500 miles between charges.

Last week, the carmaker sent the new Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck on a voyage, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in Fremont, California

Tesla  CEO Elon Musk posted a photo of the truck’s maiden voyage on Instagram on Wednesday, racking up more than 800,000 likes.

Musk’s post suggests the company might begin regularly shuttling Semis between the two factories.

Musk claimed in November that the truck could travel 500 miles before recharging. New Megacharger stations would be able to give the truck 400 miles of range with a 30-minute charge.

The truck is designed around self-driving, with a cabin emphasizing driver comfort and ergonomics. And this is not your dad’s tractor-trailer: the electric truck can hit an impressive 0-60 mph in 25 seconds fully loaded.

Tesla envisions a future with the electric Semis forming self-driving convoys, with trucks drafting off one another to achieve peak efficiency at freeway speeds.

Though the truck is not cheap – base models will sell for around $190,000, with the fully-loaded Founders Series truck going for $257,000 – the Semi will cost less to operate in the long-run, given the cost of fuel and maintenance on a traditional truck.

The Semi is expected to go into production in 2019, but that hasn’t stopped companies like Pepsi, Wal-Mart and Anheuser-Busch from lining up to preorder dozens of trucks. By some estimates, Tesla has already pre-sold well over 1,200 Semis.

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