Tesla Semi passes 500-mile test, Musk tweets

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Updated Nov 30, 2022
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With initial delivery set for Thursday of an all-electric tractor that was originally due in 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted that his long-awaited Tesla Semi Class 8 truck made a 500-mile trip while grossed to 81,000 lb. Electric trucks get a 2,000-lb. cargo weight exemption, allowing them to gross upwards of 82,000 lb. 

Musk offered no additional details on the trip – like whether or not the truck stopped to charge along the way; how long the trip took, when it took place and in what part of the country; or how much of the 81,000 lb. is the truck itself. 

Pepsi is set to take delivery of the first production Semis Dec. 1, and during the company's third-quarter earnings call, Musk announced Tesla would produce 50,000 Semis a year starting in 2024. 

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