Tesla aims to produce around 100 Tesla semi-electric trucks this year, which is a little higher than expected.
After five years of waiting, Tesla is finally in production with the Tesla Semi electric truck.
Electrek exclusively reported that Tesla is building a production line for the Tesla Semi in a new building near Gigafactory Nevada. At the time, we were told that the production equipment installed would be around five electric trucks per week.
That would only be 250 trucks per year, but Tesla has always planned to move to higher-volume production at Gigafactory Texas.
Last month, the automaker revealed it was aiming to increase production of the Tesla Semi to 50,000 units per year in 2024.
However, we didn’t know much about the ramp-up by then.
Today we get some new data, and it’s interesting that it comes from the lawsuit over CEO Elon Musk’s compensation plan at Tesla.
Robin Denholm, Chairman of the Board of Tesla, was testifying today for the trial and she released the information that Tesla is targeting 100 Tesla Semi trucks this year (via WSJ):
Tesla, for example, could produce 100 tractor-trailer trucks this year, Ms Denholm said, years behind schedule.
Tesla will hold a delivery event for the Tesla Semi on December 1, but the electric truck has been in production since early October.
Given that the vehicle has been in production since early October, it’s possible that Tesla has been building electric trucks for two months and will show up to the delivery event with a few dozen trucks already.
Still, 100 Tesla Semi trucks by the end of the year would be higher than expected and set the vehicle program for a decent year in 2023, leading to its goal of 50,000 truck capacity in 2024.
If Tesla delivers more than 40 Tesla Semis by the end of the year, I would be pleasantly surprised.
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