The Tesla Semi will begin limited production in 2020 from its facilities in the United States, notes the company in its third-quarter update.
“We are planning to produce limited volumes of Tesla Semi in 2020,” the company stated in its Q3 2019 Update letter released on October 23. Tesla will use this anticipated production volume, a figure unknown to the public at this time, to fulfill the pre-orders for the truck that features both 300-mile and 500-mile range options, and a 0-60 mph acceleration of 5 seconds.
With major companies such as FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, and most recently Frito Lay placing Tesla Semi orders in a bid to reduce their company’s carbon footprint, pressure to make good on first deliveries of the all-electric semi runs as high ever.
Tesla has been spotted on many occasions performing real-world road tests of their two Semi prototypes, with and without a trailer over the past year. Both trucks have been used to haul massive concrete blocks en route to and from its facilities in California and Nevada, as Tesla continues to make refinements to the vehicle ahead of planned production.
Tesla’s President of Automotive, Jerome Guillen, addressed this earlier in the year when mentioning Tesla’s continuation to “make improvements” to the Semi in their real-world road tests.
Tesla showed the Semi to the public for the first time in November 2017 at an unveiling event, along with the soon-to-be-unveiled Tesla Pickup Truck. Musk had envisioned an electric Semi since the 2016 Master Plan, Part Deux where he stated, “We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”. The Silicon Valley-based electric car maker announced in June 2019 the Semi would begin production by the end of 2020 in order to fulfill the 2,000 pre-orders the company had received since its unveiling. The semi will come with Autopilot as a standard feature, allowing for semi-autonomous driving on highway roads.
Tesla has begun developing the liquid-cooled Megachargers responsible for supplying the Semi with power. The chargers are designed to give the Semi around 400 miles of range in about 30 minutes, making them an efficient and safe way to charge the massive, all-electric semi-truck.