Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that manufacturing on its long-delayed all-electric semi truck has began with the primary deliveries starting in December.
The automaker launched an all-electric Class 8 truck prototype, dubbed Tesla Semi, throughout a splashy November 2017 occasion held in Hawthorne, California, on the grounds of the corporate’s design studio and Musk’s different firm, SpaceX.
The reveal got here greater than a 12 months after Tesla launched a vans growth program, which was steered by Jerome Guillen, a former Daimler govt who joined the corporate in 2010. Guillen left Tesla in 2021 just some months after his place was modified from president of the corporate’s complete automotive enterprise to a extra slender function main Tesla’s heavy trucking unit.
Tesla initially deliberate to begin producing the semi truck in December 2019. Nonetheless, this system suffered repeated delays.
Final 12 months following Guillen’s departure, Tesla pushed manufacturing of the Semi truck program to 2022 as a result of provide chain challenges and the restricted availability of battery cells, the corporate stated throughout its second-quarter earnings report. As of January 2021, the corporate had completed engineering work on the Semi and was on observe to start deliveries that 12 months. However even then Musk warned that the provision of battery cells may restrict the corporate’s capability to provide the Semi.
The delays haven’t prevented the corporate from touchdown reservations, which had been $5,000 on the unveiling, from numerous high-profile corporations, together with Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Walmart and UPS. Musk tweeted that Pepsi, which ordered 100 vans again in December 2017, would be the first buyer to obtain the autos.
Deliveries to Pepsi are anticipated December 1, Musk stated.