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Instead of designing the Tesla Semi as either a right or left-hand drive truck, Tesla placed the steering wheels in the center of the vehicle with screens overlaying the sides.
Since unveiling the Semi heavy-duty trucks in 2017, Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of the American electric car manufacturing company Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) has finally flagged off the deliveries of the vehicles. According to a CNBC report, the flag-off event was done at the company’s factory in Sparks, Nevada alongside Dan Priestly, the company’s senior manager for Semi truck engineering.
Pepsico Frito Lay was present at the delivery launch event and after Musk’s speech, he thanked the company and handed over the mic to the officials present. Pepsico is billed as the client that will be receiving the trucks for its production.
Tesla was one of the first electric car manufacturing outfits to unveil the plans for its heavy-duty but many of its competitors have launched their own version well before it did. Amongst these competitors include Mercedes-Benz Group AG (ETR: MBG), and Volvo AB (STO: VOLV-B) amongst others.
The delay in the Tesla Semi delivery was first impacted by the supply chain issues that disrupted the market during the COVID-19 pandemic era, as well as the general strain on battery manufacturing materials. However, the delay has been well compensated for with respect to the high tech and performance it was launched with.
The Tesla Semi Truck
Tesla boasts of technological advancements that cannot be gotten anywhere else and it said the truck fast charges and can travel 500 miles when fully loaded.
Instead of designing the Tesla Semi as either a right or left-hand drive truck, Tesla placed the steering wheels in the center of the vehicle with screens overlaying the sides. With this design, the truck can fit into any country irrespective of the transport rules there.
Electric trucks are the next frontier in the bid to debut vehicles that will help combat climate change. With more than 200,000 trucks roaming American streets, the conversion of a bulk of them to electric will aid the climate push to a reduction in greenhouse gasses across the board.
Tesla was silent about the number of Semis it is delivering or whether there will be further delays in battery production. Based on the fact that the Semi delivers up to 1MW, additional insights have been given into the potential of the Cybertruck that is still being produced by Tesla.
Overall, Elon Musk said the Tesla Semi is not just environmentally friendly but will enhance the quality of life of everyone living close to the factory and highways. In addition to the qualities defined earlier, Musk said the Semi trucks are “..also quiet, will improve the quality of your air, and will improve the health of people living near freeways.”
The company’s shares do not seem to be moved by the positive news as they are trading down by 0.15% to $194.41 in the Pre-Market.