Tesla Teases Electric ‘Semi’ in New Test Track Video
Palo Alto, CA – In a newly released video, Tesla continues to tease the company’s long-awaited electric big rig dubbed “Tesla Semi.”
Over the weekend, Tesla gave the public yet another glimpse of its prized Semi, this time on a test track.
In a 17-second clip, the electric truck quietly cruises past the camera and proceeds to continue making its way around the track.
Semi on the track pic.twitter.com/0QCTYGbLJv
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 14, 2021
The Semi, which first made its public debut in 2017, has faced a long list of production challenges.
“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 during an earnings call in January. “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.
Is the company’s latest video an attempt to reassure customers the Semi is “on track” for commercial availability later this year?
Only time will tell.