Tesla Semi was spotted at Giga Nevada charging on the newly installed Megacharger. While Elon Musk has assured that deliveries in 2021 are not expected due to a shortage of components required for production, all indications are that production will begin as soon as they become available.
In mid-October, it became known that Tesla was installing a Megacharger for Semi at its factory in Nevada. The construction of this completely new type of charger is now complete and trucks can be charged there. @hwfeinstein/Twitter shared photos of Semi connected to a Megacharger, which is the first of its kind.
The photo shows four stalls with particularly large parking spaces. According to the photo, Semi with a trailer fits easily there. The charging cabinets themselves have a sophisticated look and austere style; most of all they are similar to Powerwall, with a white and black body.
Deliveries of the first Semi were expected by the end of 2021, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it would not be possible. In early November, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta told CNBC that he expects first delivery in Q4. "We are already starting to buy electric trucks from Tesla, we don’t want to promote anybody, but that’s the brand we are using so far, and we are getting our first deliveries this Q4," he said.
However, a few days after this announcement, Musk made it clear that this could not be done. He confirmed an earlier public announcement by the company about the start of deliveries of the Semi and explained the reasons. Musk tweeted that Tesla is limited in supplying chips and cells, making it impossible to start mass production of the truck.
Please don’t read too much into this. As mentioned publicly, Tesla is constrained by chip supply short-term & cell supply long-term.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2021
Not possible to produce additional vehicles in volume until both constraints are addressed.
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