Tesla is getting ready to start rolling out its first orders to companies beginning on December 1st and yet it hadn’t quite proven the full 500-mile range just yet. At least, until now. In excellent timing (talk about calling it close), the company has successfully traveled one of the Semis for the full 500 miles on that single charge.
The all-electric semi was carrying a load of over 80,000 lbs (40 tons), making for quite the cargo. That way, if any company still had any doubts on if the Tesla Semi can compete with the diesel trucks out there or not, they can now rest assured.
Of course, conditions of the overall path play a huge part in this, thus not every drive will be able to make use of this full range. If the truck spends a lot of time climbing a mountain path, it will likely have to hit the chargers a little sooner. However, this is the same with any vehicle.
This is great news for the company and shows that it has put a lot of work into the Semi. This is important to see since it was postponed so many times before it finally got a proper release date (next month). It won’t be long before you see one drive past you on the road. Although, it won’t be driverless for quite some time. There is still a lot of work to be had on the software of these vehicles and then there are the related regulations that stand in the way.