The Tesla Semi made a surprise appearance at one of our Supercharger stops! It was on its way across country when it stopped for a charge at the Brush Colorado Supercharger. Here are some of the key details the engineers told me:
This version is a “Day Cab” with a 300 mile range and it takes 30 min to recharge when it has adequate power. Currently it is using the Supercharger Network, but will utilize its own MegaCharger Network when it hits production. Tesla will be its own first customer and the initial truck sales will be to itself to relieve the financial burden in transporting materials from the Gigafactory.
This one-off Alpha prototype is made of carbon fiber. It has approximately 26 cameras around it for Autopilot, which will be a lower number once the truck design is final. This one has extra cameras so they can experiment with camera placement for optimal use in its driver assistance suite.
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