5 years after it was introduced, Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Semi truck, scheduled to enter manufacturing in 2023. On the corporate’s web site, you can also make a reservation by paying $5,000 upfront, then $15,000 inside 10 days. (Noticed by way of InsideEVs.) A phrase of warning, although: the $5k is refundable, but it surely appears the $20k ain’t.
Now, you’d be forgiven for having forgotten all about Tesla’s Semi, which was introduced in 2017 with futuristic idea artwork and envious specs. The corporate says the truck can be powered by 4 impartial motors on the rear axles, go 0-60mph in 20 seconds, and have a battery vary of both 300 or 500 miles. Costs begin at $150,000, and there have been numerous orders from companies like Walmart and FedEx within the low-dozens vary.
However since that 2017 unveiling, Tesla has struggled with manufacturing for the Semi — which is comprehensible contemplating how shortly its managed to scale up manufacturing on its different EVs. Presently, the truck is scheduled to enter manufacturing subsequent 12 months, however we wouldn’t be too shocked if there are additional delays (and even spec adjustments).
What this information actually demonstrates, although, is Tesla’s unimaginable means to generate money circulate from clients by encouraging them to place down deposits for merchandise that don’t but exist (a pattern that has since been copied by different EV producers). Primarily, paid reservations are a manner for the corporate to take out interest-free loans from followers. So even when the Semi isn’t a lot nearer to manufacturing, it’s definitely able to generate deposits.