Tesla is placing its new electrical Semi to work, with its first run as a “manufacturing” automobile — for a well-known consumer. Tesla itself is the client, because the vans have been outfitted with trailers loaded up with battery packs recent from the Gigafactory meeting line, heading to the Tesla Fremont automotive manufacturing unit in California.
Elon Musk shared a picture of the vans at work, with each the matte black model and the silver one with the aero hood, which presumably are the identical they confirmed off on the official unveil (they’re the identical shade, no less than). The vans had full-size trailers hooked up, which isn’t what they’ve been outfitted with throughout earlier sightings.
The journey from the Gigafactory to the Fremont manufacturing unit is round a four-and-a-half hour journey, masking round 260 to 270 miles. It’s not precisely a protracted haul, nevertheless it could possibly be one thing that’s nonetheless very helpful to a lot of clients, and it’s a visit that Tesla itself has to make often with its personal transport fleet for this very goal.
Tesla calls this a “manufacturing” run, however its goal for really producing these nonetheless appears to be 2019, with a possible supply time-frame extra like 2020. Nonetheless, this cargo run ought to present beneficial data to the corporate because it strikes forward, particularly now that it has a large backlog of buyer pre-orders to cope with.