Tesla Semi prices are released, orders are open in the United States

Tesla‘s long-awaited electric truck has finally been priced for the US, ahead of an announced production start in 2023.

The Tesla Semi, an electric heavy-duty truck first revealed in concept form in 2017, will cost from US$150,000 (A$217,879) with a claimed range of 483km.

A longer-range model with 805 km of range will cost from US$180,000 (A$261,526).

Tesla’s US website now allows customers to make a reservation, although it will cost US$20,000 (A$29,058) – or the price of a base Toyota Corolla there.

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The Semi will feature four independent electric motors on the rear axles, although Tesla has yet to confirm the truck’s battery specs.

He claimed, however, that it would use less than 2 kWh of energy per mile (1.6 km) and save buyers up to US$200,000 (A$290,585) in fuel costs.

Claimed 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time with a 36.28-tonne load is 20 seconds, and Tesla claims the Semi will hit 96 km/h when climbing a 5% grade.

Company CEO Elon Musk confirmed earlier this year that we shouldn’t expect to see production of the Semi start this year.

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“We will not be introducing new vehicle models this year. It wouldn’t make sense because we’ll still be limited in parts,” he said on a fourth quarter 2021 earnings call in January.

“We will, however, do a lot of engineering and tooling etc. to create these vehicles: Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster, Optimus, and be ready to put them into production hopefully next year.

“It’s very likely.”

The Roadster is another oft-delayed Tesla, having first been shown in prototype form in 2017 when the Semi prototype was revealed.

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In a subsequent earnings call, Tesla said it was considering an 800V electrical architecture for the Semi, but ruled it out for smaller models like the Model 3. Beyond that, however, no further information. on the Semi has been published recently.

The company does not have a public relations team in the United States and announcements are most often made through Elon Musk’s personal Twitter account.

He hasn’t tweeted about the Semi lately, his last tweets regarding his views on American politics and his love of chocolate milk.

Images on Tesla’s website show the Semi appearing unchanged from the initial concept, with an aerodynamic looking cabin.

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Inside, there’s a single, center-mounted seat, with large touchscreens placed in front of each A-pillar and angled towards the driver.

Tesla has never produced a heavy truck, which presents an additional challenge for the company.

On the other hand, manufacturers introducing electric semi-trailers like Daimler and Volvo have a lot of experience in manufacturing heavy trucks.

Daimler Trucks’ Freightliner eCascadia offers a choice of 194 kWh, 291 kWh and 438 kWh batteries and a claimed range of 249, 354 or 370 kilometres.

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Its Detroit ePowertrain is available in single and dual motor configurations, the former with 143 kW of power and a maximum torque of 15,600 Nm and the latter with 294 kW and 31,000 Nm.

Volvo’s FM and FH electric trucks offer up to 540 kWh of battery capacity, with the FM offering up to 380 km of range.

They feature 2-3 electric motors, with a claimed continuous power of up to 490kW, and support DC fast charging up to 250kW.

Volvo Trucks started mass production of electric trucks in 2019 and its electric range now includes six vehicles.

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