Elon Musk expects Tesla Semi production version to have nearly 600-mile range
During Tesla’s Q1 2018 conference call this week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that he expects the production version of the Tesla Semi electric truck to have a range of nearly 600 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Semi electric truck was unveiled by the automaker in 2017. Musk’s recent statement about the truck’s approximate 600-mile range is apparently based on the fact that Tesla is getting better insight into its vehicle as it presently undergoes a test program.
Earlier, Tesla had claimed that the Semi electric truck will have the capability of 500-mile travel with 80,000-lb full capacity. Musk has now asserted that he is “feeling optimistic” that the truck will be able to surpass the specifications which Tesla had announced at the vehicle’s unveiling last year.
With regard to the previously-claimed 500-mile range of Tesla Semi electric truck, Martin Daum -- Daimler’s chief of trucks -- had said in an earlier-this-year interaction with reporters that “Tesla Semi defies laws of physics and is passing us by if true.”
In reaction to Daum’s comment, Musk said at Tesla’s conference call that Daum possibly does not understand the laws of physics. He further doubled down on previous claims of 500-mile range of Tesla Semi electric truck and added that he now feels the truck’s range will be closer to 600 miles.
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