Tesla Semi price confirmed week after initial launch
After all the razzmatazz of the launch last week attention turned to just what the Tesla Semi price would be. Estimates ranged from $100,000 – batteries not included – to somewhere north of $200,000. The answer is somewhere in between. The Tesla Semi will start at just $150,000 (approx. £112,000) for the base model. For this you will get a truck capable of travelling 300 miles on a single charge. A longer range version will go up t0 500 miles and will set you back $180,000 (approx. £135,000). The founder series model will cost $200,000 (approx. £150,000) with the full amount needed up front. A $20,000 deposit will secure you a standard Tesla Semi.
While the Tesla Semi price is higher than a diesel semi over the course of 1 million miles Tesla estimates around $200,000 in savings. Tesla already has several major companies with orders placed for the Semi including Walmart, Meijer and J.B. Hunt. Tesla will begin production in 2019.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off some impressive stats at the Tesla Semi launch event last week. Without the burden of a trailer the Semi can go from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. Fully loaded to its 80,000lb limit the same can be achieved in 20 seconds. Diesel equivalents take 15 and 60 seconds respectively. Acceleration aside, on a 5% gradient the Semi can cruise at a nifty 65mph, 20mph faster than a diesel truck. With Tesla’s Megachargers the batteries can be topped up while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded in just 30 minutes.
Enhanced safety features are also a key selling point of the Tesla Semi. The electric vehicle maker claims their Autopilot software will make jackknifing a thing of the past. It will also keep the truck in lane and anticipate danger on the road ahead. With convoy mode one or even several semis can follow a lead vehicle with no driver. With the trucks able to follow closely this will reduce drag even further and increase performance.