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Tesla CEO Elon Musk begins the first semi-truck shipments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk begins the first semi-truck shipments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk begins deliveries of the company’s heavy-duty truck, the Semi, at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk began delivering the company’s first few production semi-trucks Thursday, speaking onstage at the company’s plant in Sparks, Nevada, with Dan Priestley, the company’s senior manager for semi-truck engineering.

On behalf of CNBC Previously mentionedTesla established lines and began producing the Semi outside of Reno this year at the site where it primarily makes the battery cells, drive modules and battery packs that power its cars. Musk and Tesla on Thursday did not say how many Semis they offer.

Tesla originally showed off the Semi Design in December 2017. Production has been delayed due to the Covid pandemic and battery cell supply issues, among other things.

During the launch of the deliveries, Musk briefly alluded to the turmoil of the past five years and quipped, “Sorry for the delay.”

He later thanked and handed the microphone to the representatives of the PepsiCo Frito Laywhich is the first Tesla customer to receive and use semi-trucks for production.

One of the main differences between Tesla’s Class 8 offerings and other heavy trucks is the location of the steering wheel and driver’s seat. Instead of using the left side (or right side in Europe), Tesla designed the half with the steering wheel in the center of the cab with touch screens positioned on either side of the driver.

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During the development of the Tesla Semi, it launched other all-electric trucks on the market.

VolvoOwned Renault Trucks Daimler It has produced and delivered heavy-duty electric vans to customers before Tesla so trapped Nikola – whose founder was overthrown convicted Fraud in recent months – production of a battery-powered electric van began in Walk.

But Tesla does boast some high-tech features not available elsewhere, including a new fast-charging system and a battery with more range than competitors. The DC fast charging system delivers up to 1 megawatt, and uses a water cooled to ensure it safely delivers that power. Tesla says the Semi can travel 500 miles on a single charge while fully loaded.

Musk revealed that the new fast-charging technology will eventually be installed in Tesla SuperCharging stations and used to power the Cybertrucks, Tesla’s planned consumer pickup truck. The company plans volume production of the sharp-edged heavy-duty truck at its new plant in Austin, Texas.

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In the United States, he said, there are nearly 15 million passenger cars and about 200,000 heavy trucks. “It seems like a tiny percentage,” he said, but semi-trucks account for a significant portion of harmful vehicle emissions because of their size, weight, and the fact that they are driven around the clock.

These emissions can have treacherous health effects on people who live near warehouses, ports, and other roads that have a lot of trucking activity.

According to transportation and air quality research conducted by the American Lung Association, medium and heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery trucks and short- and long-haul trucks) accounted for about 6% of the off-road fleet in the United States as of 2020. These vehicles generate a significant amount of pollution, including That’s 59% of ozone-forming and particulate nitrogen emissions, and 26% of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Not only will the peninsula help combat climate change, Musk said, but “it’s also quiet, it’s going to improve air quality, and it’s going to improve the health of people who live near highways.”

The same can be said of other heavy-duty electric trucks that are replacing diesel trucks.

Musk and other executives did not discuss Tesla’s driver-assistance systems, which are marketed as autopilot and full self-driving capability, at the half-handover event. In 2017, when Musk debuted the Semi, he touted the future of driverless trucking.

Nor did they discuss how many trucks they plan to produce in the next year, nor how they would get the extra battery cells and raw materials to produce them.

Shares in Elon Musk’s auto business closed flat before the event, at $194.70, and didn’t move significantly in after-hours trading.

Watch the Complete delivery event over here.