Tesla Electric Semi to Hit Market This Year But CEO Musk Says There is a Problem
Palo Alto, CA – Tesla’s much-anticipated electric-powered semi-truck is scheduled to begin production this year, but there is one significant challenge stalling deliveries.
On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk held an earnings call and discussed the current production status of the company’s long-awaited electric big rig dubbed “Tesla Semi.”
“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.”
The company intends to address this issue later this year when it is expected to go into production on its new 4680 battery pack.
The 4680 is a custom cell design that the company says will allow for greater energy density and range.
Musk explained that until the 4680 is ready, the commercial viability of the Tesla Semi is not feasible.
“A Semi would use typically five times the number of cells that a car would use, but it would not sell for five times what a car would sell for, so it kind of would not make sense for us to do the Semi right now,” Musk commented. “But it will absolutely make sense for us to do it as soon as we can address the cell production constraint.”
Tesla has already received orders for its electric Semi from major transportation giants such as UPS and Walmart.
Further, Musk also said the company is “definitely going to make an electric van at some point” as well.
However, he acknowledged battery constraints are also impeding production on these vehicles too.