Despite all of the setbacks Tesla has experienced with the Model 3’s production, they seem to be doing just fine when it comes to pre-orders for their new semi truck which continues to gain a lot of attention. If you haven’t seen what the new all-electric semi looks like, you can get a glimpse of it in the following video.
Walmart has already made their interest clear in wanting to order 15 of the new semis from Tesla and to become one of the first companies to test them on the road. The idea is to save in the cost of transportation compared to diesel, improve on logistics with safer and more efficient transport, and to win extra brownie points with going green (which is always great for a company’s image).
The ball continues to move as Anheuser-Busch one-ups Walmart with a pre-order of 40 trucks, besting Walmart’s order by 25. Now I shouldn’t have to explain who Anheuser-Busch is, so I will skip the whole background story there and point out that we all know who’s buying Elon Musk the next round.
The semi can hold up to a 80,000 lb load (that’s 40 tons), offers up to 500 miles of range on a full charge and promises an additional 400 after only 30 minutes of being plugged into one of Tesla’s fast-charging Supercharger stations. That’s an entire 900 miles with only one stop for lunch. Not too shabby when you throw in there there aren’t any emissions to worry about (at least from the truck).
Hopefully the popular demand for the Model 3 that has caused so many production delays, won’t spread to the semi truck or the also recently announced Tesla Roadster. It would be amazing to see Tesla survive and push on through the years challenging innovation continuously along the way, just as they have thus far.
Now if only we had any style of Tesla around here to play around with. Being most of us have taken a ride in one at one point or another, for both work and/or play, you probably won’t find a single one of us who doesn’t drool with envy all over the road when we see one pass by. You could only imagine how many biased stories editing would have to deal with (aka clean up) before they went public.