Elon Musk Claims Tesla Semi Will Have A Range Of Up To 600 Miles

As prototypes of the Tesla Semi continue testing, the company is getting more feedback. And it appears that the range-topping version of the electric truck will have a better range than initially announced.

How much range? That would be close to 600 miles (966 km), as Elon Musk announced recently during the automaker’s Q1 2018 conference call, Electrek reports.

The Tesla founder’s statement, preceded by a good laugh, comes as an answer to Martin Daum, Daimler’s chief of the truck division, who said: “Tesla Semi defies laws of physics and is passing us by if true”, referring to the rig’s ability to travel for up to 500 miles (800 km) in between charges at full capacity.

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“If Tesla really delivers on this promise, we’ll obviously buy two trucks – one to take it apart and one to test because, if that happens, something has passed us by. But for now, the same laws of physics apply in Germany and California”, Daum added.

This is the range-topping version of the Tesla Semi, which is estimated to start at $180,000. However, the California-based firm will also offer a lesser model, with a 300-mile (480 km) range. This one is believed to shave approximately $30,000 from the top version’s asking price.

Tesla will commence production of the electric truck next year, if it all goes according to plan (admittedly, not something the automaker has a great track record at), and the first units will be shipped to customers in 2020.

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    Ummmmm… this dude says a lot of things.

    • Ilbirs

      For now he is the guy that turned a rocket landing vertically from a thing we’ve seen in a Duck Dodgers cartoon into a reality. Let’s wait for the next episodes.

      • Howstar

        VTOL rocket still pointless..

        • Status

          Care to tell us why?

          • Howstar

            Half the efficiency of a normal rocket
            Much more complex than a normal rocket
            NASA space shuttle has been reusable for decades

  • LWOAP

    Yep. I knew this was coming. Hot off the heels of the previous article we now get this. So, did the stock go up?

    • Moveon Libtards

      Tesla fanboys that call themselves auto writers on here are just sad…

      Tesla is collapsing before our eyes and they just keep trying to spin things like the crew of the Titantic.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      At some point his words will have zero influence on the market/equity price. I feel we’re nearing that point.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Hey, look, Tesla’s drops like a rock today and this site tries to hide the news with another Tesla propaganda article.

    Nothing new, move along sheep…

  • jaykit

    Did he say this on the call before or after the meltdown over specific questions regarding Model 3 metrics?

    • LWOAP

      Wait, what call?

      • Iberian Rekluse

        Qly earnings call with analysts today

        • LWOAP

          Oh, I see. I’m going to assume things ended poorly judging by the original post.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I thought it was going to have around a 450 mile range…

  • brn

    Range with what kind of load?

    I’m convinced the target audience for this vehicle is not long haul. It’s for transport from a distribution center.

  • Vassilis

    In the meantime, diesel semis can have almost double that.

  • Bash

    Did he say that while day dreaming or night dreaming.

  • Maricaibo

    I don’t think anyone will go broke betting on Elon Musk.

  • smartacus

    600 miles without exploding is impressive.

    • smartacus

      internal combustion > spontaneous combustion

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