Tesla Announces Pricing for the Semi; Raises Deposit to $20,000
Of course the deposit changed. Next it’ll be the delivery dates
Tesla has announced pricing for its new Semi truck and has increased the amount of the initial down payment as well. The down payment for a new truck is now $20,000, $15,000 more than Musk previously promised. And, that’s just for the base model, which has an “expected” price of $150,000 with 300 miles range per charge. Move up to the 500-mile-range model, and you’ll have to pony up an “expected” price of $180,000 with down payment of at least $20,000 if not more. Finally, the Founders Edition Semi will have an “estimated” price of $200,000 and requires a $200,000 deposit up front at the time of reservation. These prices are current as of November 22, 2017, but are for the U.S. market and will likely vary depending on the international market.
Along with the release of this information, Tesla as released some additional information about the Semi. Keep reading to find out more.
Tesla Semi Specifications
According to Tesla, the new battery-powered Semi can manage to hit 60 mph in as little as 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000-pound load
According to Tesla, the new battery-powered Semi can manage to hit 60 mph in as little as 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000-pound load behind it and can manage to chug up a five-percent grade at 65 mph. The Powertrain consists of four electric motors, two on each rear axle while energy consumption is less than 2 kWh per mile. That figure, according to Tesla, means the Semi will have a range of 300 miles in base form or 500 miles if you go with the upgraded model. The Founder’s Series model should carry the same range and energy consumption but should feature a couple of extras over the base model. Tesla claims a fuel savings of $200,000+, but that doesn’t account for the fact that there will be waiting in-between charges – charging time that has yet to be announced, by the way.
This sounds good and all, for a local or regional truck, anyway. For something that you’re planning to drive on the national level, however, it seems as if the Tesla Semi will be inadequate unless it can suck up a full charge in a matter of 30 minutes. Tesla could offer up a solution with a trailer that houses extra batteries, but with the Semi not likely to hit production until 2019, at the earliest, I wouldn’t expect to see that before 2023.
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