Tesla Semi production begins with Pepsi getting the first deliveries




 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that production on its long-delayed all-electric semi truck has started with the first deliveries beginning in December.

The automaker introduced an all-electric Class 8 truck prototype, dubbed Tesla Semi, during a splashy November 2017 event held in Hawthorne, California, on the grounds of the company's design studio and Musk's other company, SpaceX.

The reveal came more than a year after Tesla launched a trucks development program, which was steered by Jerome Guillen, a former Daimler executive who joined the company in 2010. Guillen left Tesla in 2021 just a few months after his position was changed from president of the company's entire automotive business to a more narrow role leading Tesla's heavy trucking unit.

Tesla initially planned to start producing the semi truck in December 2019. However, the program suffered repeated delays.

Last year following Guillen's departure, Tesla pushed production of the Semi truck program to 2022 due to supply chain challenges and the limited availability of battery cells, the company said during its second-quarter earnings report. As of January 2021, the company had finished engineering work on the Semi and was on track to begin deliveries that year. But even then Musk warned that the availability of battery cells could limit the company's ability to produce the Semi.

The delays haven't prevented the company from landing reservations, which were $5,000 at the unveiling, from a number of high-profile companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Walmart and UPS. Musk tweeted that Pepsi, which ordered 100 trucks back in December 2017, will be the first customer to receive the vehicles.

Deliveries to Pepsi are expected December 1, Musk said.

COMMENTS

More Related News

White House spokesperson criticizes Trump
White House spokesperson criticizes Trump's suggestion to get rid of the Constitution: 'You cannot only love America when you win'

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump called for a "termination" of the constitution on his Truth Social platform.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk's 'Twitter files': Emails reveal internal struggle on handling of Hunter Biden laptop

Twitter honored requests from both the Biden campaign and Trump White House to remove tweets they flagged, journalist Matt Taibbi said.

Elon Musk vicariously publishes internal emails from Twitter
Elon Musk vicariously publishes internal emails from Twitter's Hunter Biden laptop drama

Elon Musk reminded his followers on Friday that owning Twitter now means he controls every aspect of the company - including what its employees said behind...

Elon Musk attacks Twitter
Elon Musk attacks Twitter's prior leaders by refocusing attention on the GOP's favorite target: Hunter Biden and his laptop

Musk's hyped the reporting of an independent journalist who had access to internal Twitter emails about the company blocking of a New York Post article about...

'Biden Team' Requested Twitter Scrub Scandalous Hunter Biden Info Days before 2020 Election

Internal documents released by Elon Musk on Friday reveal confusion among Twitter management over the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • matka
    (2022-10-28 12:03:55Z)

    Perfect piece of work you have done, this website is really cool with superb information.

    REPLY

Top News: Economy