Where Is The Tesla Semi Truck That We Were Promised?

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It just suffered another delay.

Remember the Tesla Semi? Tesla shocked the automotive industry when Tesla's electric semi-truck debuted alongside the new Roadster back in 2017. Since then, however, the Semi has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the Tesla Cybertruck and its "unbreakable" glass.

Originally, the Tesla Semi was scheduled to enter production in 2019 but was delayed until the second half of 2020. As we approach the second half of 2020, Tesla has announced the Semi truck has suffered another delay until 2021 during its Q1 2020 earnings report.

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"We expect that production of both Model Y in Fremont and Model 3 in Shanghai will continue to ramp gradually through Q2," Tesla said in its earnings report. "We are continuing to build capacity for Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Shanghai and remain on track to start deliveries from both locations in 2021. Lastly, we are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021."

No reason was given for the Semi's delay, but ramping up production of the Model Y will no doubt be a priority since it's expected become the automaker's best-selling model.

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While the original Tesla Semi prototype had a range of 300-miles, the production version will have nearly 600 miles of range in its range-topping guise according to Elon Musk. The long-range version will start at $180,000, while Tesla the shorter-range version will start at around $150,000.

The Tesla Roadster, on the other hand, is still slated to launch in 2020, but don't be surprised if it gets delayed since Musk has admitted it isn't a priority, suggesting it also won't arrive until 2021. Last month, Elon Musk promised to give an update about the Roadster and Semi later this year, when we'll hopefully get a more specific launch date for both models. With the Cybertruck also launching in 2021, next year is going to be a crowded year for Tesla product launches.

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