Tesla’s long-delayed electric semi truck is finally inching closer to reality as the company just opened orders and reservations in the United States. This news comes as the release date remains a mystery.
In April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk released a statement suggesting that one of his most delayed vehicles would finally arrive in 2023. That comment followed similar statements in the summer of 2021 when Tesla said the Semi would come out. to the roads by the end of 2022.
That obviously never happened, as the automaker is still churning out popular vehicles like the Model Y and Model 3. That said, it looks like the company might finally be ready to churn out its electric semi because customers can reserve theirs for $100. 20,000. Elon Musk’s latest comments suggest the Semi could finally arrive sometime next year.
As you can see above, Tesla is taking pre-orders for the Semi, and customers can reserve a spot in line for $5,000. However, you will need to send an additional $15,000 (or $20k total) within ten days to complete the reservation.
Alongside the reservation system, Tesla also shared more information about its two Semi models. The company initially plans to release two variants, one with 300 miles of range for $150,000 and a secondary option for $180,000 that can go nearly 500 miles on a single charge. It makes sense for users to opt for the long-range model at these prices.
Tesla says the Semi is almost maintenance-free, and owners could save an estimated $200,000 every two years in fuel and maintenance savings alone compared to traditional semis. This means that the truck could almost pay for itself after two years.
Tesla’s Semi truck gets its power from four electric motors on the rear axle, and the company suggests drivers will be able to tow more than 36 tons, or 80,000 pounds, of cargo. It’s unclear if those range numbers include while pulling a trailer full of cargo, though, so we’ll have to wait and see.
We still don’t know much about the Tesla Semi, but we hope to find out more soon if it’s actually coming in 2023.