Social Media Freaks Out After Tesla Semi Spotted at Megacharger for the First Time

Sparks, NV – A Tesla Semi pulling a 53′ trailer was spotted charging for the first time at the company’s Megacharger station at Gigafactory Nevada on Monday sparking quite a bit of discussion on social media.

Tesla Megachargers — a more powerful version of the company’s Supercharger network, designed to charge the electric semi trucks — were first announced during the unveiling of the Tesla Semi concept in 2017.




 

However, Megachargers did not exist until last month.

On October 12, Tesla installed the first Megachargers at its Gigafactory.

A little over a month later, photos posted on Twitter of a Tesla Semi actually charging at the Megacharger quickly generated positive response from Tesla lovers on the world-wide-web.

“Awesome sighting today of a charging Tesla Semi at Tesla Giga Nevada!” @hwfeinstein, a self-proclaimed lover of “all things Tesla,” posted, along with numerous photos.

Some on social media expressed concern for the impracticality of electric trucks used in long-haul trucking.

“That’s a great option for local driving, but not for long hauls, the charging time will make it impracticable,” @Themanfromdown wrote. “Trucks can’t be stopping every 400 miles to charge for 35 minutes, when they have to go 1,800 miles.”




 

According to Tesla, its semi-truck has an advertised range of 500 miles with a target 80% charge in 30 minutes.

The photos were a surprise to many, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated in March production of the Tesla Semi is not expected to ramp up until 2022.

During an earnings call in January, Musk indicated production on the truck was being delayed to later this year due to trouble producing enough battery cells to power it.

“The main reason we have not accelerated new products – like for example Tesla Semi – is that we simply don’t have enough cells for it,” Musk said. “If we were to make the Semi right now, and we could easily go into production with the Semi right now, but we would not have enough cells for it.”




 

However, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta recently told CNBC the company expects to begin receiving the Tesla Semi in the fourth quarter of 2021.

“We are already starting to buy electric trucks from Tesla, we don’t want to promote anybody, but that’s the brand we are using so far, and we are getting our first deliveries this Q4,” Laguarta stated.


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According to online media outlet Electrek, the Tesla Semi was spotted at the Megacharger the same day PepsiCo executives visited the facility and also viewed the Tesla Semi production line.

A source familiar with the Tesla Semi program told Electrek the production line is set up in Nevada, but the company is still debugging it.

In addition, Electrek is also reporting that Tesla is “expecting a visit from the California Air Resource Board to check out its Megacharger later this week.”

Photos courtesy @hwfeinstein/Twitter

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