Tesla Semis

First Tesla Semis are delivered with some mystery and new tech

Tesla delivered its first Semi truck production to PepsiCo on Thursday night for use in its California facilities.

The all-electric tractor was first introduced in 2017 as a concept to enter production in 2019. However, due to its development and the subsequent coronavirus pandemic, the date was pushed back.

It arrives fully loaded with all the specs originally promised.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed at the event that his vehicle is more powerful than diesel and can reach 60 mph in five seconds without being laden and 20 seconds with a full load. However, he did not disclose its specific specifications.

To reduce costs, the truck makes use of several off-the-shelf Tesla parts. This includes a three-motor powertrain that was derived from the Tesla Model S Plaid. The truck can use one motor to cruise and the other two can be engaged for more torque when needed.

Tesla displayed a video showing a truck at its maximum combined weight, 82,000 pounds, accelerating up a grade of 6% at highway speeds, and then a time-lapse of one weighing 81,000 pounds, making a 500-mile journey from Tesla’s factory, in Fremont, California to San Diego on one charge. To accommodate their extra weight, Electric Semis can operate at 82,000 pounds instead of the traditional maximum of 80,000.

Tesla has yet to release the exact size of its battery pack, but Elon Musk stated after the event that the truck runs at 1.7 kilowatts per mile. This would indicate that the pack can hold approximately 900 kilowatts or more, given that there was still some charge at the end.

A Tesla Model S Plaid’s 100-kilowatt hours battery is a comparison. It was not revealed how heavy the Semi and its battery were, so the public isn’t aware of its cargo capacity. The ranges of the electric tractors Freightliner and Volvo are shorter than those from Nikola, while their batteries are smaller.

This is also true for the price. It was advertised previously at $180,000 for 500-mile trucks, but it has been removed from Tesla’s website. However, it does mention that an operator could reduce fuel costs by more than $200,000 over three years based on California’s diesel and electric prices. It doesn’t provide any additional details.

Musk stated that the truck uses a new 1,000-volt architecture, which will enable it to use a megawatt charging system that is three times more powerful than the current systems. It can charge the battery up to 70% in half an hour. Musk also stated that the Cybertruck pickup will be compatible with this system.

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Systems were not mentioned at the event, but it does have a stabilization control system that is programmed to prevent jackknifing.

PepsiCo reserved 100 Semis following its 2017 unveil, and two were with the company’s livery at the event. Later, a spokesperson stated that 36 trucks would be received by December.

Robyn Denholm, Tesla Chair, stated last month that 100 Teslas could be built by 2022. Elon Musk claimed that the company aims to produce 50,000 units annually by 2024 during its third-quarter earnings call.

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