When the company launched the Semi in 2017, Tesla asked interested customers to make a $5,000 down payment, which the manufacturer then increased to $20,000 for the base version. This amount comes in two parts: a $5,000 credit card payment at the time of reservation on the Tesla website dedicated to the Semi, and then a $15,000 wire transfer within 10 days of the reservation.
Those who have reserved more than one unit must make a $20,000 wire transfer for each additional vehicle. For customers interested in the limited Founders Series version, they must make a down payment of $200,000, which is the total cost of the truck.
The base price is $150,000 (300-mile range) and $180,000 (500-mile range).
Tesla has also updated the Semi truck’s specs (height, weight, wheelbase, payload, etc.). Tesla keeps saying that the electric truck has a battery capacity of 500 kWh. Advertised consumption is less than 2 kWh/mile when fully charged to its 82,000 lb. capacity, giving a range of 300 to 500 miles, depending on version. It will be capable of 0-60 in 20 seconds.
But the truck only has three independent motors and the battery can be charged to 70% in 30 minutes when connected to a “Tesla Semi Charger”. This charge level allows the vehicle to travel 350 miles before the battery is fully discharged. Earlier, Tesla said the truck would have four independent motors and that 30 minutes of battery charging would allow the vehicle to travel 400 miles before recharging.
“Using less than 2 kWh per mile, the Semi can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Recover up to 70 percent of range in 30 minutes with Tesla’s Semi chargers,” the automaker said.
The name “Semi Chargers” is also new because Tesla talked about “Mega Chargers” before.