The announcement was made ahead of the first deliveries to PepsiCo on December 1.
A fully-loaded Tesla Semi weighing in at 81,000 lbs has reportedly covered more than 500 real-world miles, according to Elon Musk.
The Tesla CEO shared the news on Twitter - a social media site now owned by the billionaire - ahead of the Semi's imminent deliveries to customers. Early examples of the electric semi-truck will head to PepsiCo on December 1; the food and beverage corporation ordered 100 trucks as far back as 2017.
Tesla's website states that the Semi, available in two guises, is capable of traveling up to 500 miles while fully loaded with an 82,000 lbs gross vehicle weight. A more affordable version with a reduced range of 300 miles will also be made available.
Many fleet managers may be hesitant to embrace the electric Semi, but many financial benefits come with making the switch. Tesla claims that, over five years, transport operators could see up to $200,000 in fuel savings in just three years.
Of course, drivers would have to adapt to the new technology and get used to charging instead of refueling. The company's Semi chargers will enable drivers to recoup 70% of the range in just 30 minutes. A new study suggests the Semi requires plenty of energy, with the EV truck stops reportedly needing "as much power as a small town."
Tesla has previously said the Semi will be priced at $150,000 for the 300-mile range variant and $180,000 for the 500-mile derivative. That's in the same ballpark as a fully-loaded Model X Plaid.
Musk has great plans for the Semi. At an earlier earnings call, the CEO said Tesla has plans to ramp up production and is "tentatively aiming for 50,000 units in North America."
That may not sound like such a big number, but for large semi trucks, it's a considerable amount. According to the statistics, Class 8 truck sales peaked at just under 200,000 in 2020, with Freightliner dominating the segment with nearly 72,000 vehicles sold. It's clear to see that Tesla wants to deal a substantial blow to this segment in the coming years.
The Semi won't have the market to itself, though. Mercedes-Benz, for example, has the smaller e-Actros truck. We wouldn't discount the legacy truck companies, though. Freightliner has already revealed a brace of electric trucks that should give the Semi a few headaches in the near future.