Elon Musk: Fully loaded Tesla Semi aces 500-mile drive

4 days before Tesla delivers its first all-electric Semi truck, company chief Elon Musk has tweeted that a test drive of the brand new vehicle saw it complete a 500-mile trip loaded to its maximum weight.

“Tesla team just accomplished a 500 mile drive with a Tesla Semi weighing in at 81,000 lbs!” Musk said in his post.

Tesla team just accomplished a 500 mile drive with a Tesla Semi weighing in at 81,000 lbs!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2022

Tesla’s Semi is available in a $180,000 500-mile-range variant and a shorter-range 300-mile-range option, which costs $150,000.

Rival makers of electrical semis have yet to achieve such a protracted range, so once verified, Tesla’s recent drive should boost its visibility amongst firms on the lookout for a greener option to move goods.

Announced in 2017, the Tesla Semi Class 8 electric semi has been a protracted time coming, with several launch dates slipping along the best way.

Tesla’s latest Semi features an attractively sleek design and may reach 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds when loaded to its 80,000-pound maximum gross vehicle weight.

The automaker will make the primary deliveries of its latest all-electric vehicle on Thursday, December 1. The handover will happen at a special event at Tesla’s Giga Nevada facility, with drinks giant Pepsi becoming the primary customer. Tesla is aiming to ramp up production to around 50,000 units annually in North America by 2025.

Renault Trucks

In what looked like a publicity stunt to take the shine off Tesla’s big day, Volvo-owned Renault Trucks delivered a fleet of its electric-powered trucks to Coca-Cola for Belgium-based deliveries starting a full week ahead of Tesla’s event on Thursday.

As noted by Bloomberg, Renault Trucks also had some fun with the delayed arrival of Tesla’s Semi, releasing an ad showing two staff putting up a billboard for Tesla’s latest truck that features a message about being “the longer term of trucking.” The pair then drive off in an electrical Renault truck.

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