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Excellent close-up images of the charging port and connector have been captured. The connector appears to be version v2, however, Tesla has already introduced a newer version. We can anticipate the rollout of version v3 in the future as these chargers continue to expand.From issue #252
This FritoLay semi-truck was stopping for lunch when it ran into a Tesla owners’ meetup, causing them go bananas. The driver wasn’t able to say much as they have contacts in place, but he did confirm that the semi-truck doesn’t have FSD (at least for now) and mentioned how great it is to be seated in the middle of the cabin.From issue #256
In a video published this week, a Pepsi Tesla truck driver mentioned that operating the vehicle is as simple as using a smartphone, feeling comfortable within 30 minutes, and even noting its superior turning radius. Pepsi runs their Tesla Semis for 12 hours daily, with some covering long haul routes of 250-450 miles, underscoring their high-range capability when fully loaded. The Semis can be charged efficiently, with a jump from 5-10% to 95% taking merely 20-30 minutes.From issue #279
A Pepsi-branded Tesla Semi was recently sighted on the road, and according to the driver, it was their first day driving it. The driver expressed their appreciation for how smoothly the Semi drove but complained about difficulties with using the app.From issue #263
If you’ve ever seen Arash’s (aka Minimal Duck) pictures or videos, you know that he has great talent and creates beautiful content. Arash was lucky enough to get invited to the Semi event. He produced and uploaded a video of the event, so go watch it!From issue #245
Some new details about the Semi from Greentheonly:
- The battery is rated at 1000 V.
- The drive units are cooled with what Tesla calls “mega cooling” modules.
- The axles are called Torque and Efficiency.
The tweets contain multiple images of the battery and other systems in the Semi.From issue #248
The last news we got about Tesla’s Semi is that it’s scheduled for launch in 2021. But we know little about when production is going to start or where. A few days ago, an internal email got leaked and Elon Musk said it’s about time to bring the Semi to ‘volume production’. It’s about time, so we hope to learn more about it soon!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #116
Here is a sped-up version of the 500-mile drive of the Semi, fully loaded, on a single charge. According to the presentation, the Semi was capable of traveling 500 miles without stopping to charge while pulling 82,000 pounds. Impressive, right? And that’s not all - Tesla’s new Megacharger will be able to charge the Semi’s battery up to 80% in just 30 minutes, at a power level of 1 MW. Holy smokes!From issue #245
Elon Musk made new comments (here’s the interview in case you missed it last week) about Tesla’s upcoming electric semi truck, and said that the vehicle will eventually have up to 1,000 km (621 miles) of range. This new range is going to be achieved, thanks to Tesla’s new in-house battery cells and battery pack technology.From issue #140
Tesla Semi is operating at approximately 75,000 lbs and the truck is meeting or exceeding the range estimates
Honestly, I can’t wait for Tesla to release the Semi and start seeing it on the road.
Read more: FacebookFrom issue #73
The Tesla Semi, an electric freight truck, has demonstrated exceptional capability by traveling more than 1,000 miles in a single day. PepsiCo, operating about 21 Tesla Semis at its Sacramento center, confirmed this efficiency in real-world use and independent testing. Each Semi can cover 500 miles on a single charge, with drivers expressing greater satisfaction with the electric truck compared to their diesel counterparts. It’s great to see this performance, and I hope Tesla can produce more and that other companies adopt them as well.From issue #302
Some folks with Semi reservations got an update from Tesla on the Tesla Semi program. In their email Tesla wrote:
“Greetings again from the Tesla Truck Team! We recently wrapped up a great year, in which we achieved record production and deliveries, GAAP profitability, completed Gigafactory Shanghai ahead of schedule, launched new solar and energy products, and confirmed that we are on track to produce limited volumes of the Tesla Semi in the second half of 2020.”
This confirms that Tesla plans on starting the limited production of the Semi in the second half of the year. 🚚
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #94
Elon announced this on Twitter, they are starting production of the Tesla Semi Truck and will deliver the first ones to Pepsi on December 1st. This is great news on many fronts! The Tesla Semi seems like a great product that entering a big market that has no EV presence and also hints at Tesla being over the hump on their battery production, which was always a constraint for the project. Looking forward to seeing these on the road soon!From issue #237
A Tesla Semi is on your to visit potential customers and UPS is taking a look at the electric truck. They took a test drive and said it’s “one smooth ride”. UPS is one of Tesla Semi’ largest reservation holders with 125 electric trucks on order.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #23