Red Tesla Semi Spotted In California, Check Out Its Tiny Frunk!

This Tesla Semi prototype was recently spotted in Rocklin, California, and aside from wearing a surprisingly bright shade of red, it also gave onlookers a sneak peek at its frunk, which appears to be more or less the same size as the one in a Model S or Model 3, despite a more unusual shape.

The images were originally shared with Electrek by Jerome Mends-Cole, the owner of rental company SacTesla, who saw the fully electric semi truck parked at Tesla’s Rocklin store.

One more year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk went on record earlier this month saying that the all-electric semi truck won’t go into production until late 2020, despite some early claims that production would commence in 2019.

While that may not be an issue for most people, companies such as UPS, FedEx and Walmart (who have already ordered the truck) are probably less than thrilled with the delay. Still, Musk insisted that there wouldn’t be any point in “increasing product complexity if we don’t have enough batteries.”

Also read: Tesla Releases Video With Semi Pulling A Trailer To Santa Rosa

As for what you can expect from the Tesla Semi in terms of performance, the EV-maker claims that the range-topping version can travel for 500 miles (804 km) on a single charge under normal highway conditions. In a straight line, it will be able to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just five seconds with no trailer – or 20 seconds with a full 80,000 lbs (40 ton) load.

Prices are said to start at $150,000 for the 300 mile (482 km) variant, whereas the 500 mile version will set you back $180,000.

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Images Jerome Mends-Cole / Sactesla

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  • illogicalPotato

    I hope to see the design of the interior soon. Looking forward to it.

  • Ilbirs

    Seeing this front trunk of the Semi I can understand that Tesla also took advantage of the electric layout also on trucks, as it has a short cab but the absence of a protruding engine allows to reorganize some features appreciated on conventional trucks done on the Euro way, like the side luggage spaces. Tesla does away with side luggage spaces and replace them with a single front trunk that is very well thought. Maybe Tesla will have less problems on making a Euro-spec Semi than Nikola, that had to create the Tre due to these regulations severely limit the max length of the cabin.

  • KareKakk

    Tiny frunk?? Easily room for three mexicans in there.

  • benT

    You don’t even come close to knowing what you’re talking about.
    Bus style doors – try driving cross country with the wind noise they make.
    May be possible with coach style doors but they must be operated by pneumatic opener/close swing out type but they are slow and not conducive to quick opening.
    The number of cameras on the Tesla (35 last count) and the number of them facing rearward indicate it would be better for the driver to be required to press a button which is digital and on screen looking rearward before the doors can be opened manually.
    I have driven trucks and buses and coaches with all door type other than the gull wing and the rear hinge – not just few kilometers last week but over the past ten years.
    By coach I mean the 55 – 60 seat interstate cruisers, the large 82 passenger public transport, the 21 seat medium rigid with passenger side opening swing out remote operation as well as the more common type including where your arce is located in a driver seat in front, (2 metres) above and behind the front axle, professionally for government and private operators.

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