Tesla has started small-scale production of the ‘Semi’ electric truck in a new hall at its Nevada factory, according to an observer. However, series production of the Tesla Semi is not scheduled to start until 2023. This was first mentioned by Twitter user and Tesla Superfan Sawyer Merritt:
Here is some brief additional production Tesla Semi drone footage from the same day (Dec 11, 2021) that I missed/didn't upload. Went for a little more….cinematic approach this time 😉Enjoy! https://t.co/2Gh7l35s2R— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) December 13, 2021
The Semi was originally presented in 2017, so it is about time that the car hits the streets. You can watch the official launch presentation below:
This pre-production is likely to be not only for internal testing purposes, but also to go to the first customers for testing. The food company PepsiCo had already ordered 100 Tesla Semi in 2017 shortly after it was unveiled. In November, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta reportedly said he expected the first deliveries before the end of the year.
The construction of the corresponding charging infrastructure also fits the schedule: Tesla recently built the first megachargers near Gigafactory 1, and two of the units are reportedly already functional. PepsiCo is also reportedly currently building a megacharger in California after receiving the corresponding permit at the beginning of December.
With a delivery of the first examples before the end of the year, Tesla would meet the time frame it had set itself