Leaked email from Elon Musk reveals Tesla plans to start ‘volume production’ of its electric semi truck
Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk said that it is time to bring its Semi commercial truck to “volume production”, as the U.S. electric vehicle maker ramps up vehicle production after a brief virus-related shutdown.
“Production of the battery and powertrain will take place at Giga Nevada,” Musk said in an email seen by Reuters.
He said most of the other work will probably take place in other states.
He did not specify a timeframe for production, but noted that “production of the battery and powertrain will take place at Giga Nevada,” according to Reuters.
“It’s time to go all out and bring the Tesla Semi to volume production,” Musk wrote. “It’s been in limited production so far, which has allowed us to improve many aspects of the design.”
Tesla unveiled its plans for a an electrically charged big-rig hauler for commercial use way back in 2017. It said the truck would come with a price tag of just $150,000 for the 300-mile range version and $180,000 for a model that can go 500 miles on a single charge.
On Twitter, Musk appeared to confirm the email’s authenticity: