Tesla proclaim that its electric trucks will hit the market at a starting price of $150,000.
This Tesla Semi “expected base price” is for a truck that the company promises will be able to drive fully loaded at highway speeds for 300 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Semi with a longer-range of 500 miles will cost $180,000. In addition, “Founders Series” Semis are available for $200,000, with the entire balance due for a reservation to be among the first in line to get one of the initial 1,000 production Semis.These prices, discovered through the Tesla website, are really incredibly competitive when measured by the cost of diesel fuel. Stating price of diesel trucks is about $ 100,000, and Tesla promises savings of $ 200,000 for the entire lifespan of a truck based on fuel and energy costs and diesel service costs.
Tesla Semi also benefits from its performance, including a 20 seconds from 0 to 60 mph with a load of 80,000 lb., and the ability to climb 5` at 65 mph, which is much faster than possible in diesel equivalent towing a similar load. According to Tesla, Semi also has leading security areas, including the complete failure of the jigsaw, enhanced Autopilot and glass, designed to counteract even the most serious consequences.
This is the base price, so additional features or packages can increase the final purchase price, but we do not yet know the configuration options that Tesla will offer in a car that targets the initial release date in 2019.
The price was lower than what many analysts expected. Truck operators also will not have to pay for the fuel and repairs that diesel trucks require.
Several logistic and retail companies have already reserved Tesla Semis, including J.B. Hunt, Loblaw, Meijer and Wal-Mart. Since the trucks were announced on Nov. 16, the reservation price has quadrupled from $5,000 to $20,000.
Many questions remain about the trucks. Tesla has not yet published a list of the features that will be included in the standard package and which features will come with additional costs.Tesla also has yet to reveal how much the empty trucks, with their presumably hefty batteries, will weigh, so fleet owners do not know how much each truck will be able to carry.
Tesla has said it plans to start producing the trucks in 2019. The company burning through money as it struggles with production bottlenecks around its Model 3 sedan.