Tesla Semi Production Pushed Back To Late 2020, No One Bats An Eyelid

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has revealed that the electric car manufacturer’s Semi truck won’t hit the production line until late 2020.

The Semi was introduced to the world in late 2017 and, at the time, the company claimed that production would commence in 2019. In typical Tesla fashion, that date has turned out to be overly ambitious.

While speaking during Tesla’s latest shareholder’s meeting, Musk made little fuss mentioning that production of the Semi has been pushed back by a full 12 months. He stated that the delay relates to the company’s ability to scale up the production of batteries: “There’s not much point in increasing product complexity if we don’t have enough batteries.” (Ed’s note: there’s a Tesla logistics joke in there somewhere, but that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?)

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Musk added that Tesla will do whatever it has to in order to ensure it can scale up battery production as fast as possible. This could even mean that they get into the mining business, although he failed to provide any details about this possibility.

While the average consumer probably won’t be overly concerned to hear that the Semi has been pushed back, some of the companies to have ordered it probably beg to differ. And they’re not small-town outfits, either; Anheuser-Busch, UPS, FedEx, and Walmart are chief among them, and we bet they won’t like it one bit.

Unless things change by the time the Semi hits production, the range-topping version should land with approximately 500 miles (804 km) of range under highway conditions when it is towing its full 80,000 lbs load. Prices start at $150,000 for the 300-mile (482 km) variant and $180,000 for the 500-mile version. At least for now…


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  • Ben

    Wut? No, this can’t be happening. I don’t understand, Elon said it would be here!!! No0o0o0o0o0o0o0!!!

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Hardly news…
    We should instead write FULL CAPS when Tesla puts something in production when announced.

    • benT

      don’cha luv it ??

  • homemark

    No one cares. Except the short stock sellers rubbing their hands.

    • benT

      not even the dozens of trucker people who’ve lined up and bought in. Some of these truckers have an order for hundreds of units.

  • Brian Regan

    I don’t consider myself a Tesla detractor, but really no one should be surprised by this.

    • benT

      purchasers are still lined up and will wait their turn. THEY know what the job takes and THEY are not so concerned nor anxious.
      Comments adverse are just so much BS from the fundamentally inexperienced donkey voters. (not talking GOP).

  • Bart

    This is BS excuse. So, Musk is telling that they’d ready to build an entirely new, huge truck if not for the short supply of batteries?

    The entire point of Gigafactory was to not have to deal with this exact issue!
    And once they “solve” the batteries’ problem: where will they build the semi? In another tent?

    • benT

      this is BS comment.

  • BlackPegasus

    Even if you’re a skeptic you gotta admit that this Semi is cool af ?…
    I can’t wait to see them on the road.

  • Blanka Li

    Another Tesla delay. *YAWN* It must be Tuesday.

  • Stephen G

    OMG! Isn’t that kind of information going to effect the stock price. Someone call 911!

  • Bash

    I can even think to pretend that I care.

  • Jerry Hightower

    Predictions by one forecaster is that Tesla stock will drop below $100 range within the year and that Tesla will probably go bankrupt and be bought for pennies on the dollar by some other manufacturer.

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