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Tesla Lists Electric Truck at $150K for Base Model

November 27, 2017

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Tesla has posted the prices for its upcoming electric truck, the Tesla Semi, showing a base price of $150,000 for the base model.

The base model will have a 300-mile range, less than the 500-mile figure given by company founder and CEO Elon Musk at the Tesla Semi’s introduction in late November. The 500-mile range version will sell for $180,000. The company is already accepting reservations for the vehicle at $20,000 a pop. The truck is expected to go into production in 2019.

If you balked at the aforementioned base prices, Tesla will also offer a limited-edition Founders Series truck for $200,000, requiring a $200,000 reservation. Tesla will only produce 1,000 Founders Series Tesla Semis.

Tesla’s vice president of truck and programs, Jerome Guillen, gave a presentation at an electric truck conference in Europe. While he was speaking about the Tesla Semi’s future in the European market, he did offer a few more details about the truck.

For one thing, Guillen said Tesla would be its own first customer, using the Tesla Semi to haul cargo between its facilities in Freemont, Calififornia, and its Gigafactory just outside of Reno, Nevada, a route of about 260 miles.

Most of what Guillen presented to the audience in Europe was a rehash of specs and expected performance marks that were given at Tesla’s official launch. However, he did comment that the truck would have a similar cargo capacity to diesel trucks, implying that the weight of the Tesla Semi would not be significantly more or less than an average Class 8 truck – something many skeptics doubt is possible.

Guillen did not give an expected launch date for the Tesla Semi in the European market, but promised a vague timing that would come after “things are good in the U.S.”

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  1. 1. Richard Davis [ November 27, 2017 @ 03:21PM ]

    Will that 500-mile range depend on the weight of your load? I guess how fast you run maybe flat roads or in hills will have something to do with the range too. How about charging time? I guess running only around 500 miles a day will cut into drivers pay, fewer miles.

  2. 2. Robb Stark [ November 28, 2017 @ 01:47AM ]

    500 miles at 65 mph with maximum legal load.

    400 miles of charge during mandatory 30 minute break at a Megacharger.

    Like diesel, if you go up a Mountain you eat up more range. Unlike diesel, once you go down a Mountian you gain about 60% of extra juice lost going up the Mountain through regenerative breaking.

  3. 3. Russ [ November 28, 2017 @ 07:23AM ]

    The battery by its self weighs 14 tons, which is 10,000 pounds more than most tractors, that doesn't even include the rest of the tractor, how are you going to haul the loads that shippers need moved? Are they expecting the shippers to cut back the loads to 28,000 pounds? Back to the drawing board.

  4. 4. John [ November 28, 2017 @ 10:19AM ]

    I would be curious to know from those who have placed an order...will you continue to incorporate the fuel surcharge into your pricing and if so, do the economics work without the surcharge? I would imagine you would have a competitive advantage in not incorporating a surcharge but there may be other costs I am unaware of that would necessitate an additional revenue of some sort.

  5. 5. MarkRobert M MURPHY [ November 28, 2017 @ 10:44AM ]

    Knott all loaded trailers exceed 48.000 lbs net.
    Grossing in at 79.400 lbs.unlike jb hunts sams club lds ..sqwising on up to 5.000 lb more .under ppr wrk real whgts jewbagged tuff life we gonna get blood from ah stone......thefies

  6. 6. alamo [ November 28, 2017 @ 12:12PM ]

    When considering the battery weight, Diesel engine, and diesel fuel weight must be subtracted. During testing of Gas Turbine engines in the 70's downhill braking was a problem that was insurmountable. How will down hill braking be generated with electric power?

  7. 7. GrowlyGrump [ February 05, 2018 @ 11:10AM ]

    The big hoopla with electric big rigs doesn't impress me-yet. Show me the proof that one of these rigs can promise the same life my diesel engine has or I have no interest. Heck how many big rig diesels are still out there that have over a half million miles on odometer and still truckin'? And if the cost of the repairs for electric trucks exceeds diesel engine repairs-another huge turn off. And what about availability of quality techs that can you back on the road quickly if you need work done? I'll wait for the full feasibility study. Til then, me and my rig are happy with diesel.


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