A new tweet from Ilan Mask shows that Tesla’s first truck, the Semi Truck, will definitely not hit the market in 2021. Tesla, which first unveiled the Semi Truck in late 2017, has promised to deliver the truck to buyers in 2019. But 2019 passed and there was no news of Tesla’s first truck. It was recently said that the first prototypes of this truck will probably be delivered in 2021, but this event now seems to be ruled out.
Ilan Mask’s tweet was, in fact, in response to another Twitter user’s question about the official launch date and arrival of the Tesla truck. But in this tweet, Ilan officially announced that by the end of 2021, the feet of this electric truck will not be fully open to the roads. “We are currently facing a severe shortage of battery cells, but we will probably address this problem next year,” Ilan tweeted. »
Perhaps the most important reason for Tesla’s delay in commercializing Semi Truck is the use of new 4680 cell batteries. This has also been confirmed by Electrek Media. Tesla introduced these new batteries last year and recently began piloting them at the Fremont plant.
But Tesla plans to increase the capacity of these batteries soon and produce several gigawatt hours of 4680 cells in the future. The cells will also be manufactured at the Giga Factory plant in Berlin, Germany, to be used in other Tesla products, such as the Model Y.
Initially, it was rumored that the Tesla Semi Truck would be available with a range of 500 miles (804). But last year, Ilan Musk claimed that the electric truck had a range of 600 miles (965 km) per charge.