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Get A Closer Look At The Tesla Semi Out In The Wild


And its tiny front trunks.

Tesla has revolutionized the consumer car market with the Model S, Model X, and Model 3, and is now gearing up to radically change the trucking industry with an all-electric Semi. CEO Elon Musk has already teased the truck's specifications, which include a driving range of over 500 miles and a starting price of around $150,000.

Like all Tesla vehicles, the Semi will also be incredibly quick, featuring a 0-60 time of around five seconds. Tesla has already arranged partnerships with companies like Budweiser, who will use the Semi trucks to deliver goods. Unfortunately, there have been few opportunities for the public to get a closer look at the truck...until now.

Jerome Mends-Cole, the owner of a Tesla rental company called SacTesla, spotted a prototype version of the Semi at a Tesla store and decided to snap some pictures. Production of the Semi was set to begin in 2019 but has since been pushed back to 2020, so this might be the last time the public gets an up-close look at it before Tesla starts building them.

Tesla says that by the time the truck goes into production, it should be able to exceed the initial range estimates of 300-500 miles for the $150,000 and $180,000 versions respectively. The powertrain for the Semi will be built at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, but the company still hasn't confirmed where the truck will be assembled.

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Mends-Cole was able to get up close to the Semi but wasn't able to grab any interior photos. One of the photos shows a front trunk, which is a surprise feature we didn't expect to see on the Tesla Semi. The photos also show the coach door opening in reverse (like a Rolls-Royce), and there is even an exterior shot showing the central seating position. Around back, the Tesla Semi appears just as you'd expect one of these trucks to look, so don't hold your breath for a mobile Falcon rocket launchpad.