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Tuesday, 16 November 2021 19:53

Tesla Semi New Prototype Working Alongside Giga Nevada’s Regular Fleet

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati
Twitter user @SawyerMerritt said a source sent him this photo Nov. 15 of a Tesla Semi at the Giga Nevada production building offloading a trailer. The white Semi looks to be the latest prototype design. Twitter user @SawyerMerritt said a source sent him this photo Nov. 15 of a Tesla Semi at the Giga Nevada production building offloading a trailer. The white Semi looks to be the latest prototype design. Sawyer Merritt/Twitter

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Not long after an updated Tesla Semi prototype was sighted charging in the Gigafactory Nevada complex, the Class 8 all-electric hauler was spotted alongside the battery factory’s regular fleet of trucks.

This suggests that Tesla’s testing of the updated Semi is still ongoing, and it is already putting its new prototypes to work.

 

The new images of the updated Tesla Semi prototype were shared on Twitter by electric vehicle market watcher @SawyerMerritt, who noted the truck was offloading a trailer when it was photographed and captured on video. Considering the Semi was pulling a trailer itself, and since it was sighted alongside other regular trucks in Giga Nevada, it appears the vehicle was being tested by Tesla in real-world conditions.

 

Following the Semi’s initial unveiling back in late 2017, CEO Elon Musk said the first company to use the all-electric truck would be Tesla itself.


The company started testing the first prototypes of the Semi for transport runs between the Fremont Factory and Gigafactory Nevada in March 2018, and during this time, sightings of the vehicle started gaining ground on social media. As the Semi’s release saw delays, however, the sightings of the truck traveling between Tesla’s two main U.S. facilities declined.

 

That is until this year, when Tesla came out with an updated prototype of the Semi, complete with new windows, a redesigned door handle and newly-designed taillights. Several units of the updated Tesla Semi prototypes have been spotted on U.S. roads over the past months, with some even looking like they came from extreme weather testing.

 

Despite this, Musk has remained conservative with the Semi’s release, saying it would probably see meaningful mass production around 2023.

 

Regardless of Musk’s conservative estimates, the development of the Semi seems to be...


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