Tesla will not start production of its Semi electric truck this year, but only in 2020, according to comments by Tesla manager Jerome Guillen.
“We will start production next year,” he said, according to the webcast’s webcast on the latest quarterly figures. Guillen could not say where Semi should be built. The vehicle is still being tested and worked on the design.
In February 2018, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had said that his company would start production ” as soon as possible next year”. 100,000 electric trucks annually should run off the line. The Semi is said to be for $ 150,000 with a range of almost 500 km and for 180,000 US dollars at 800 km.
Driver is in the middle
The Semi should have four electric motors, they should accelerate the unloaded truck in about five seconds to a speed of almost 100 km / h. In 30 minutes, the battery of the top model to be loaded for a range of 640 kilometers.
Tesla wants to guarantee that the Semi creates 1.6 million kilometers without a breakdown. The driver sits in the middle of the electric truck, making the truck equally suitable for left and right-hand traffic. The kilometer price of the electric semi-truck Semi compared to a conventional diesel truck is about 20 percent lower. Some large companies such as PepsiCo, UPS and Walmart have already pre-ordered Semi.
In the past quarter, Tesla sold $ 4.54 billion, down from $ 3.4 billion in the same quarter last year. The bottom line was a loss of 702 million US dollars.