Tesla is now allowing customers to pre-order its much anticipated electric semi-truck. To reserve one of these hotly desired trucks, specifically the standard version, you must put down $20,000 in advance.
A reservation for the “founder series” is steeper in price, costing $200,000. According to the Tesla website, the company is estimating the standard Semi to start at around $150,000. Meanwhile, their projection for the Founders Series version is at around $200,000. Neither is particularly what you’d call cheap.
Reservations for the Semi have already been pouring in from corporate customers like Pepsi, Walmart, and even Anheuser-Busch. Obviously, these big corporate giants have no problem handling the price for these vehicles.
What Sets this Truck Apart
Tesla is set to begin production of the Semi sometime in 2020. These vehicles will possess a range of up to 500 miles. Plus, they’ll be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 20 seconds. Furthermore, that speed is projected while the trucks are carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo. This data comes from officials at the car company itself.
Another characteristic of the much talked about vehicle is its innovative cabin construction. Plus, this truck will be able to go from 0-60 mph in just five measly seconds without cargo. That’s impressive for any car, let alone one of this size.
Founder and CEO, Elon Musk, says the Semi’s specs will exceed the ones the company has already revealed. However, many in the trucking industry are suspicious that Tesla can deliver on these seemingly outlandish performance promises. In fact, some industry leaders, have even mocked the company, suggesting that the truck’s purported ability would betray the laws of physics.
Elon Musk vigorously defended the truck, dismissing the criticisms of a car manufacturers.
So what do you guys think? Do you have reservations in? And will this truck live up to the hype?