The skeptics and competitors have called it a physical impossibility.
But Elon Musk announces that the Tesla Semi has now driven over 80 miles with a total weight of over 36 tons.
Tomorrow the deliveries of the electric truck start – and Bill Gates gets a fit on Twitter.
Much has been said about the Tesla Semi in recent years.
The electric truck premiered in 2017 and it was first thought that production would begin two years later. Then came a pandemic – and then a component shortage on top of that.
The delay was a fact. Likewise, skepticism and pure disbelief.
Was called an impossibility
Because it has been said by Tesla that the truck should be able to be driven over 800 kilometers when it is fully loaded.
“An impossibility” meant, among others, Martin Daum, chairman of the board at Mercedes, when Semi was presented five years ago.
– If Tesla can really deliver what they promise, then of course we will buy two trucks: one to take apart and one to test, because if that happens, it is something that has passed us by. But for the time being, the same physical laws apply in Germany and California, Daum said then according to
Another skeptic has been Bill Gates, who may not always have gotten along with Elon Musk. Among other things, he has meant that electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for long-distance drivers, but that they are best suited for shorter distances.
“He can drive it himself”
But now Elon Musk has announced that the Tesla Semi has managed exactly what they promised.
Where did he announce it? Yes, you guessed right. Twitter, of course:
“The Tesla team just completed a 500 mile (804 kilometer, ed. note) drive with a Tesla Semi weighing in at 81,000 lbs (36.7 tons),” he tweets.
The test must have been carried out on a public road with a full load.
Significantly, he also took the opportunity to make a pass at Bill Gates in a Twitter comment:
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Tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, deliveries begin.
This is “celebrated” with a delivery event taking place at Tesla’s factory in Nevada.
The Tesla Semi costs approximately SEK 1.9 million in the US and the plan is to build 100 units this year. The goal is then to reach a production volume of 50,000 trucks in 2024.