The Tesla Semi has finally been spotted on the road

It's red and it's enormous

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The original Tesla Roadster S came out around ten years ago and it was raw, quick and completely different from a modern Tesla.

In the years since, Tesla has come up with several cars and concept cars and after the S, the X, the 3 and the Y, Elon Musk is ready to give us an all-electric Semi.

We'd only seen press pictures and renderings of it until now, but Jerome Mends-Cole, the owner of a Tesla rental company called SacTesla, spotted a prototype version of the Semi at a Tesla store and these are his pictures.

Tesla has already found partners who are going to use the Semi to deliver the goods and production has been pushed back to 2020. The powertrain for the Semi will be built at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, but the company still hasn't confirmed where the truck will be assembled.

The Semi is designed to deliver goods but, being a Tesla, it will also deliver speed. It does 0-60 in around five seconds. This ginormous truck will be available in at least two different versions, with the long range capable of travelling over 500 miles between charges and it comes with a price tag starting at around $150,000.

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  • As a former semi driver, the range is still too short. By the time you do your walk around safety check, etc. And then hook up to the trailer, fight traffic, etc. Let’s say that’s down to 450 miles. At today’s speeds, you’ll be stopping to charge in 7 hours, well under the drivers’ hours allotted today. Then, where will you charge it? If you’re in Billings, MT or Sioux Falls, SD, good luck. Two ideas: build the trailer to be loaded with system batteries, but watch that GVWR. Second, until the infrastructure is in place for this massive charging, how about electric UPS/FED EX/USPS trucks go electric. The Ford Transit and its several cousins could make good use of electric propulsion. This should be seriously pursued. I volunteer to do real world testing in one.

      2 years ago
    • Former driver here too, I think you're right, the range is too short for OTR, but it could work for city p&d, and ltl linehaul segments.

        2 years ago
    • Indeed. I still think lining the floor and subframe of the trailer with battery packs could solve some of the distance problems. But like hydrogen cell technology, the US just doesn’t have the infrastructure or juice in the grid to do any...

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        2 years ago
  • Can’t wait for completely silent semi sneaking up on me....

      2 years ago
  • Seriously, Tesla needs to invest in some good designers...

      2 years ago
  • Currently, this is the only Tesla i am ok with

      2 years ago
    • Why is that? Do you own a Tesla? I just bought a Model S 2 months ago and can’t wait to buy another one for my wife.

        2 years ago
    • Teslas are bad but not 100% bad, I don't mind them having useless horsepower or acceleration that won't see use half of the time but the only thing I cannot get to like is the IPad as center screen, too much secondary features crammed on a single...

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        2 years ago
  • For that price I can have almost two Mercedes trucks with a very good interior and a lot amount of power ( 625 bhp) and with a fuel tank so I can get further than 500 miles

      2 years ago
    • but... it's not meant to appease the average consumer lmfao. it's a transport truck.

        2 years ago
    • The running costs of electric charging are significantly cheaper than diesel fuel. Over the life of the vehicle you can easily save more money back than the cost of the truck, not to mention reduced drastically maintenance in EV vs ICE.

        2 years ago
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