On Friday, local time, electric car maker Tesla sent a letter to its semi electric semi-trailer customers saying it would limit production of the truck from the second half of 2020. In the letter, Tesla not only disclosed the production schedule for the Semi electric semi-trailer truck, but also about the truck’s testing plan and improvement plans.
Tesla launched its electric semi-trailer Semi in November 2017. According to the company’s announcement, the electric semi-trailer accelerates to 60 miles (96.6 kilometers) in just 20 seconds with a load of 36 tons, outperforming a diesel truck with a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
The car has two versions – the Starter Edition and the High Edition. The entry-level single full-charge follow-up range is 300 miles (about 483 kilometers) and sells for $150,000, while the high-volume single-charged follow-up has a 500-mile (about 805-kilometer) range and a price tag of $180,000.
Tesla has been improving the truck since its launch. In 2018, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, said the mass-produced Semi truck would have a range of nearly 600 miles (about 966 kilometers) per charge, instead of the previously announced 500 miles.”
In the letter, the Tesla Truck team reiterated that they had made improvements to Semi, but said more details would be released next year.
The truck has already started booking, with a deposit ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Now, the company has received more than a thousand truck orders.
Currently, manufacturers booking Tesla’s electric semi-trailers include PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt, FedEx and UPS.
The truck was originally scheduled to go into production in 2019, but in mid-June, CEO Elon Musk revealed at its 2019 shareholder meeting that it was expected to start production by the end of 2020. Now, in a letter, the company confirms that it will produce a limited number of Semi trucks in the second half of 2020.