Tesla’s massive Semi truck spotted moving pre-assembled superchargers to Laguna Seca raceway in California
- The futuristic looking Semi was spotted at Laguna Seca raceway in Salinas, California as it helped install Superchargers
- The Semi’s base version with a 300-mile range will cost $150,000
- It will have the quickest acceleration—going from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds
- Companies like FedEx and Walmart have already preordered trucks
A rare sighting of the Tesla Semi happened this week when the massive electric truck assisted in the installation of pre-assembled Superchargers at Laguna Seca raceway.
Tesla Charging released a video on its Twitter account showing off the sleek truck’s prowess at the raceway in Salinas, California.
The base version of the Semi will cost about $150,000 and be able to travel up to 300 miles in a charge; the 500-mile range model will go for $180,000; it costs $20,000 to reserve one.
The Semi will have the quickest acceleration—going from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds—according to Tesla.
It will feature a centered driver’s seat, four independent motors and its energy consumption will be less than two kilowatt-hours per mile.
Since it is Tesla, the truck comes with bells and whistles not typically seen.
Those include an ‘explosion proof’ windshield, a removable jump seat for passengers, updated technology found in touchscreen displays on both sides of the steering wheel that replace standard instrument panels, and standard Enhanced Autopilot with semi-autonomous capability, reports Hotcars.com.
A Tesla Semi was shown off as it transported pre-assembled Superchargers in California
Elon Musk’s company recently brought the entire line of its vehicles to Michigan Formula SAE. Semi and Cybertruck joined the Model S, 3, X, and Y.
The Semi – a concept of which was revealed in November 2017 – is slated to begin production in 2023, although that could certainly change pending the supply chain woes plaguing many manufacturers.
It was initially said that the truck would have a 500-mile range and come standard with Tesla Autopilot that allows semi-autonomous driving on highways.
The Superchargers, seen above, have become a mainstay of Tesla’s efforts to make it easier for customers to charge their electric vehicles
In August 2018, a Tesla Semi prototype traveled from California alone for a full week to arrive at the J. B. Hunt headquarters in Arkansas.
Tesla has received several thousand preorders from many difference companies, including FedEx, UPS, Walmart, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch.
Thus far, Tesla has only produced a small number of the Semis.
Workers are helping to make sure the Superchargers can be lifted onto the Tesla Semi
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, seen at the opening of the gigafactory in Berlin, has had to move the production schedule for the Semi multiple times due to battery production issues.
A 2021 shareholder meeting revealed the news that production of the Semi would probably not start until 2023 due in part to the company needing to ramp up production of its 4680 battery cells.
They’re likely to be produced by Tesla’s gigafactory in Austin, Texas.
In the past, Tesla has also shared pictures of the Semi delivering Model X vehicles to customers.
WHAT ARE TESLA SUPERCHARGERS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Tesla has created a Supercharger network around the world that allows its electric vehicles to power up for long distance travel.
Prices of using the service vary across the world, and they can be found here.
To charge a Tesla, drivers park and plug in their vehicle using the connector at the Supercharger post.
Tesla has created a Supercharger network around the world that allows its electric vehicles to power up for long distance travel
Once plugged in, the vehicle’s charge port will flash green to indicate that charging has started.
Drivers can monitor charging progress on your instrument panel or Tesla App.
The chargers allow Tesla owners to recharge their cars to 80 per cent within half an hour.
The firm currently has more than 2,500 Supercharger Stations with 25,000 Superchargers across the globe.