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Tesla Semi truck spotted in California — as reservations re-open


One of the latest Tesla Semi truck prototypes has been spotted in Tesla’s ex-HQ state California. As it was designed and developed basically in California, both the state and this electric semi-truck are not strangers to each other by any chance.

While we don’t know the exact reason why Tesla brought this back again to its state of origin. It’s most possible that it needs further design tweaks and refinements by the company’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen and his team at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California.

Until March last year, Tesla was testing and calibrating the Semi at the Fremont factory’s test track. It’s also possible that Tesla brought the Semi back again here to perform further tests and calibrations.

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Tesla Semi Truck engineering prototype spotted in California. Credit: u/skrotezman via Reddit.

However, Tesla has built a Megacharger station and test track at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. However, there must be some design, engineering, or test requirements that brought the Tesla Semi back to Cali.

PepsiCo was expected to be the first Tesla client to get the first batch of the electric semis by the end of 2021 but there has been no confirmation by either company on this huge delivery.

Tesla has once again re-opened Semi truck reservations for individual customers earlier this week. For corporate customers, it was never paused. As per our Tesla Semi order tracking page, the last large order that the automaker received was by Karat Packaging for 10 trucks.

4 Tesla Semi-trucks parked at the Giga Nevada Megacharger station. A picture Tesla, Inc. shared in its Q4 2021 Earnings Report. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

In its Q4 2021 Earnings Report, Tesla shared the above photo of its four Semi-trucks parked and charging at the world’s 1st Megacharger station built at Giga Nevada. Through this picture Tesla tried to convey the message that the automaker does not only have 1 or 2 prototypes of the Semi, rather it has started its limited production.

Tesla is expected to start Semi truck production next year (2023) but will also need to lay a network of Megacharger stations across the country to support convenient charging of this large class-8 semi-truck. Tesla has actually revealed its plan last year to set up such a charging network in the US and Europe.

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii