Tesla delays production of the Semi: When to Wait for the First Deliveries

Tesla has officially confirmed the information on the delay in production of the Semi electric truck. It will be put on the assembly line only in 2021. The reasons for this decision are unknown, as the company does not respond to media requests.

The Tesla Semi was first introduced at a special event in California in November 2017. After the presentation, the company immediately started taking pre-orders for the truck, which required a deposit of $20,000.

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The Semi will be available in two variants – Standard and Long Range. A drive range will be 482 km and 800 km, respectively. The first variant will cost $150,000, and the second – $180,000.

During the presentation, Elon Musk said that the first deliveries will begin in 2019. However, in April 2019, the production was postponed to 2020. Now the story has repeated itself again and the first deliveries have been postponed for another year. What exactly prompted this decision is unknown, because, unlike other automakers, Tesla has not yet declared financial losses in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s companies that pre-ordered the Tesla Semi included Walmart, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, FedEx, UPS, DHL, Sysco and others. They expressed regret about the delay in production of the model, but they do not intend to refuse pre-orders. To date, Tesla has collected two thousand preliminary applications for an electric truck.

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