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First production cargo trip a milestone for Tesla Semi

March 10, 2018.

Tesla Semis spotted en route to Fremont.

Tesla Semis spotted en route to Fremont. © My Tesla Adventure.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just announced a milestone for the company’s heavy-duty electric trucks: the first production cargo trip for the Tesla Semi is now underway, with two trucks en route from the Sparks, Nevada Gigafactory, to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. They are filled with heavy battery packs, and will be climbing from 4,400 to 7,200 feet in altitude, descending down to sea level, and climbing back up 7,200 feet, on their 480-mile round-trip journey. Elon Musk has said that the trucks would have a 500-mile range and 80,000 lb. maximum load. Tesla declined to comment when asked if the trucks would make the trip on one battery charge. Obviously not, since people have seen them stop at a Supercharger station in Rocklin, on the outskirts of Sacramento, only 215 kilometres from the Sparks Gigafactory.

Ars Technica, “First Tesla Semis leave Nevada Gigafactory, filled with batteries.”