Tesla Semi Spotted At Laguna Seca On A Supercharger Mission

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Superchargers are coming to Laguna Seca. And not the forced induction kind.

The Tesla Semi has seemed more mythical than unicorns, and we've had to report on the truck being delayed and delayed again over the past few years. But progress is being made. For one thing, Tesla's website has reopened the option to order the truck. For another, we know that proprietary tire technology will feature. So yeah, Tesla is persevering and when the truck finally arrives, it should be awesome. And if you think that the Semi isn't anything more than just a design concept at this stage, prepare to have your mind changed. A real-life, working Tesla Semi just delivered preassembled Superchargers to the famous Laguna Seca raceway.

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The truck was carrying two Supercharger modules, each of which has four individual chargers. These appear to be the V3 chargers, which have an output of 250 kilowatts per stall. We're not sure what each of these weighs, but they're unlikely to be lightweight.

This sighting of the Semi follows another, with the truck recently shown off together with a Tesla Cybertruck at the Michigan International Speedway. However, none of this means that production is about to get underway. Instead, these trucks are likely being used to capture data and evaluate the powertrain. They also serve as valuable marketing tools that build hype for the eventual arrival of the Semi on the market.

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The Superchargers being transported here are noteworthy too, as these preassembled units can be easily transported and installed, whereas conventional processes would see EV chargers being assembled, installed, and connected individually.

Following recent layoffs, the ongoing development of future Tesla products and the continuous expansion of the Supercharger network are good news for the automaker. From our point of view, the arrival of Superchargers at Laguna Seca points to more opportunities for Model S Plaid owners to take to the track and get the most out of their electric super sedans. Just make sure you've got bigger brakes, or you'll wish you never tracked your Plaid.

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