Tesla Semi-Electric Truck with Awesome Artwork Spotted on the Highway
A semi-electric Tesla truck with impressive artwork has been spotted driving down the highway. Based on its location, it appears Tesla is using the electric truck for its own operations.
Tesla Semi might be the automaker’s most disappointing program yet.
When the original prototype was unveiled in 2017, it sent waves through the trucking industry for its potential to both decarbonize trucking and dramatically reduce the cost of operating trucks, which the world depends on for practically everything.
But the vehicle program is so late at this point that much of the hype around it has died down. Tesla originally said it was supposed to arrive in 2019, but it’s been continually delayed, and now it’s expected to hit volume production and have customer deliveries through 2023. That’s a four-year delay.
But there are a few Tesla Semi electric trucks out there, and now one has been spotted by a Redditor on the highway in California this week:
The electric tractor and trailer feature some beautiful artwork, which would indicate this is the same unit Tesla brought to its Cyber Rodeo earlier this year since it was painted by an artist. during the event.
The electric truck’s location westbound on 80 near Colfax, Calif., suggests Tesla is putting the truck to work moving goods between its many locations in Northern California and Gigafactory Nevada outside of Reno.
Tesla has always said it would be its own first customer when it comes to the Tesla Semi. The automaker operates a sizable fleet of trucks in its own operations in addition to using trucking companies and integrating electric trucks into its fleet, and would obviously align with its mission while lowering operating costs. .
The 80 between California and Nevada is an extremely busy route for Tesla as the automaker sends hundreds of thousands of powertrains from Gigafactory Nevada to the Fremont plant.
We don’t know exactly how many semi-electric Tesla trucks the company has in service today.
We know that Tesla established low-volume production of the electric truck at a factory next to Gigafactory Nevada last year and released an image of a fleet of 4 Tesla Semi trucks shortly after.
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