The prototype of the Semi electric tractor – one of two built specimens – was first seen outside the United States, in Canada. Judging by the movements of the trailer, Tesla engineers drove the tractor for winter tests in Alaska.
Tesla announced Semi in 2017, and at the same time promised that the model’s carrying capacity will be about 36 tons, and the travel distance on a single charge will be at least 800 km (almost 500 miles). This is more than twice as good as competitors. For example, Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia travels only 400 km (250 miles) without recharging.
In the past two years since Tesla introduced the Semi, the company has assembled just two prototypes of an electric heavy truck. In 2018 and 2019 they were repeatedly seen on the roads (perhaps, in one case, even without a driver, the truck moved itself), but recently they disappeared from the radar.
In early February, Tesla released an updated test program, modifications and production schedule for its electric truck. It says that in the near future they will…