Tesla Semi Release Date, Price, Specs, Design, and News

Here is everything we know so far about the Tesla Semi, including its release date, price, specifications, performance, design, and other relevant news.

The Tesla Semi is already in production and will soon be seen on the road.

In fact, deliveries are due to start on December 1.

A lot of people are anxiously awaiting these deliveries, considering the huge savings an electric semi will provide over diesel trucks, as well as the many other advantages they will bring. Here is what we know about the Tesla Semi.

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Tesla Semi Release Date

Tesla Semi Release Date

Countdown to November 30, 2022 at 11:00 PM (UTC)

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The Tesla Semi will be available on December 1, and Tesla has taken many orders for the Semi. But they are not currently taking more orders.

Tesla will have a lot of orders to fill already, though, as Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, and several other companies have already placed orders for the Semi. It’s possible an already high number of orders, along with the need to raise prices, may have prompted Tesla to stop taking orders temporarily.

Tesla Semi Price

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There are currently no prices listed on the Tesla website for the Semi. However, the prices for the Semi, when first announced in 2017, were $150,000 for the standard-range version of the Semi and $180,000 for the long-range version.

The cost to reserve either of these versions was $20,000. The Founders Series Semi would cost $200,000 and require $200,000 to reserve.

Tesla Semi Specs

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Tesla claims its Semi is the future of trucking, and it certainly does have a lot to offer. The truck will be 82,000 pounds fully loaded, have three independent motors on the rear axles, and go from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds.

It has a range of either 300 or 500 miles depending on whether the truck is the standard or long-range version. The range is a big concern for truckers, and Elon Musk has assured truckers that the 500 range is assuming a fully loaded truck driving at 60 mph.

So, the range could exceed 500 miles. Also, the truck can be fast charged to 70% in 30 minutes when using Tesla’s semi chargers, so truckers will not have to wait a long time to start driving again.

Tesla also stated that the Semi would be able to safely keep up with traffic. The truck can even maintain a speed of 60 mph at a 5% grade.

Truckers will certainly appreciate the savings in changing from fuel to electric. Tesla estimates the cost savings will be $200,000 over the first three years.

Tesla Semi Design

The truck has a unique look inside and out, as well as a number of outstanding features.

Exterior

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The Tesla Semi has a sleek, futuristic look with a large glass area, part of which extends to the doors. Another exterior feature that stands out is actually the lack of massive grilles that gas-powered trucks require to cool their engines.

Instead, the Tesla Semi has a small air intake on the lower front of the truck to provide air to cool the truck’s battery.

Interior

The interior is quite different than a traditional semi-truck. One very noticeable difference is that Tesla placed the driver’s seat in the center of the cab.

Tesla claims that this will give the driver better visibility. There are also two foldable seats placed behind the driver’s seat.

The Semi also has two large touchscreens in the cab, one on each end of the dashboard. These touchscreens should have truck-specific information, trailer data, as well as the usual selection of apps offered in Tesla’s cars.

There will also be many remotely controlled features, including location tracking and remote diagnostics. The Semi also has a preventative maintenance feature that will analyze the truck’s systems and let the owner know if it should be serviced.

Safety

The Semi will have enhanced autopilot as a standard feature. It comes with forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, and automatic lane-keeping assist.

If the Semi senses that it is receiving no input from the driver, it will remain in the lane, slowly come to a stop, and call an emergency number.

The Tesla Semi will also include an enhanced traction control system which is intended to control jackknifing. The truck’s architecture also increases the safety of the driver because it reduces the chances of a rollover or cabin intrusion should an accident occur.

Tesla Semi News

The Tesla Semi really could revolutionize the trucking industry with its lower operating costs and easy maintenance. It will even help the environment by lowering carbon emissions.

We are anxious to see these trucks on the road to find out if they live up to the hype. In the meantime, if Tesla releases any new information, we will let you know.

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