Tesla Semi Truck is exceeding range expectations operating at 75,000 lbs, test driver told the CHP
Tesla Semi Truck is going under rigorous testing since several months, the last time we reported the Red Semi Truck spotting, it was carrying a set of massive concrete blocks on the trailer bed but it wasn’t clear how much weight the truck was carrying.
Now the Tesla Semi Truck driver has disclosed that the truck is carrying approx 75,000 lbs of weight and the results in terms of range achieved are above expectations.
Tesla is offering two variants of their electric semi-truck with 300 miles (482 km) and 500 miles (804 km) of range — according to our Tesla Semi reservations tracker more than 40 different companies have placed pre-orders for around 638 trucks to date, the price of these trucks is $150,000 and $180,000 respectively besides the Founders Series edition that costs $200,000 for a full deposit.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP – Donner Pass) posted the following statement along with the pictures of the Tesla Semi Truck to their Facebook page:
Tesla is out testing the new electric truck tractor. The driver stated the concrete blocks are for testing purposes only. According to the driver the truck is operating at approximately 75,000 lbs and the truck is meeting or exceeding the range estimates. Electric trucks are definitely the future. We look forward to seeing more electric trucks on the road.
In the past Daimler CEO Martin Daum has been critical of the Tesla Semi Truck achieving 600+ miles of range as he said in a statement to Bloomberg:
If Tesla really delivers on this promise, we’ll obviously buy two trucks — one to take apart and one to test because if that happens, something has passed us by. But for now, the same laws of physics apply in Germany and in California.
To which Elon Musk replied in the Q1, 2018 Tesla earnings call: “He doesn’t know much about physics. I know him. I’d be happy to engage in a physics discussion with him. I actually studied physics in college.”
Tesla Semi Truck is expected to go into production by next year along with the Model Y and Tesla Roadster, 2020 is going to be a big production and deliveries year for Tesla, this might unleash a bigger production hell than the Model 3 did in 2017-18, what you think? Comments welcomed below!
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