Elon Musk himself revealed a few days ago that the Tesla Semi passed the demanding test that it underwent in normal operation. As he writes electrek.co, a fully loaded Tesla Semi traveled 500 miles (804 kilometers) on a single charge. The total weight of the set was almost 37 tons, so as you can see, the tractor’s batteries are sufficiently powerful and durable. In addition, the news comes at a time when the first deliveries of manufactured pieces to target customers are about to begin. Of course, there are also opinions that Musk is lying and made everything up a bit.
Tesla team just completed a 500 mile drive with a Tesla Semi weighing in at 81,000 lbs!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2022
However, if this information is true, this milestone will push electromobility in the field of freight transport a long way forward. A range of 800 km with a fully loaded tractor is an excellent number by today’s standards. In time, it can also be assumed that other versions of the Tesla Semi will come, which will receive a battery with an even higher capacity. In that case, it would not be a problem to drive 1,000 km on a single charge, which is fully competitive with today’s diesel trucks. However, in order for the Semi model to be usable almost anywhere, the charging infrastructure must be significantly improved. A large number of large cities are still struggling with a lack of charging stations.