For the first time, people have spotted Tesla Semi’s ad hoc ‘Megacharger’ setup being used at a Supercharger and charing a Tesla Semi.
Edmonton, AB-based Tesla Model 3 owner @TeslaYeg, an avid enthusiast of the electric car maker’s vehicles, recently posted a photograph of the Tesla Semi as it was charging at a Supercharger station. The Model 3 owner did not specify the location where the image was taken, though it would appear that the Semi was in Canada when it was photographed. This is not too farfetched, as the vehicle has been spotted road testing in Canada not too long ago.
Megacharger ramp is unknown for now, though sightings of the vehicle across the United States indicate that Tesla has been using multiple regular Supercharger stalls as an ad hoc solution for the Semi’s charging needs. Ad hoc means when necessary or needed.
In the past, Tesla has been very secretive about how this ad hoc Megacharger setup solution for Tesla Semi works or even looks like.
Some Tesla owners who were fortunate enough to chance upon the Semi at a Supercharger in the past even mentioned that staff and engineers accompanying the Class 8 truck have specifically asked them not to take any pictures of the vehicle’s charger. This does not seem to be the case anymore, as per @TeslaYeg’s recent post on Twitter.
The next few months will likely be exciting for the Tesla Semi, considering that Elon Musk has announced that the vehicle should enter volume production soon.
But Elon Musk’s announcement about accelerating Tesla Semi production can mean a lot of things and what if we may have misunderstood what Elon said about it now being time for the Semi. What if he meant that they’re going to focus on building the assembly line for the Semi now. That’s going to take a year – it won’t actually enter production in the US until the middle of next year.
I assume it will also enter production in Giga Shanghai a few months after that. I am sure Semi trucking is huge in China. I wonder if Giga Berlin’s second vehicle after the Model Y will be the Semi or the Model 3. Semi trucking is huge in Europe too. They might be able to generate a lot more money off of the Semi than the Model 3, which will have already satisfied the demand for its performance variant in Europe from Fremont by the time 2022 rolls around.
But other people say it’s unlikely to take a year to build a line when Tesla has built entire factories in less time. “I’ve heard others more in the know also say that Semi manufacturing is simpler than most cars,” writes one commenter at Teslarati. I think it’s mainly about ramping cell production, and we’ll be seeing limited volumes of Semi come off the lines this year.
The general belief was that Tesla needs higher energy density batteries to make Semi work. They have patented, bought, hinted about various technologies to increase density. Is it possible that they can do that already at least for limited production?
What do you think about it?
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