Tesla announced in its Q4 2019 and Full Year Update Letter that the company is producing “limited volumes” of the Semi in 2020.
Earlier this year, a leaked email to customers who have made reservations for the up-and-coming truck reveals Tesla plans to start production by the second half of the year.
Tesla initially aimed for a release date of late 2019. However, the company announced in its Q3 2019 earnings report that it will begin low-volume production in 2020.
Unveiled to the public in November 2017, the Tesla Semi is expected to upend the commercial trucking industry.
Powered by four electric motors that can propel the semi-truck from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds without a trailer and 20 seconds with 80,000 pounds of cargo, the performance is unparalleled when it come to traditional diesel-powered trucks, which typically takes a minute to reach highway speeds.
The truck’s cabin design also prevents it from jackknifing, potentially keeping thousands of highway motorists safe from road accidents.
The full cost of the reservation is $20,000 for each standard Semi and $200,000 for a Founders Series version.
The truck is expected to cost $150,000 for the standard version and $200,000 for the Founders Series.