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The Tesla Semi carried a load of battery packs from the Gigafactory facility in Sparks, Nevada to the company’s car factory in Fremont, Calif., marking the first production cargo trip for the truck.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared a photo Wednesday of both of Tesla’s previously seen electric semi truck prototypes hooked to trailers.
Musk’s post follows reports of the Tesla Semi spotted traveling between the two factories without a trailer in tow.
Tesla has said the Semi is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds with an 80,000 pound load; Speed up a 5% Grade at 60 mph; 300 or 500 miles of range depending on the model; energy consumption of less than 2 kWh per mile; and fuel savings of more than $200,000 over a million miles. Those claims have attracted naysayers in the trucking industry, but Musk has teased that performance specs may be even better than what was first announced.
The 250-mile trip between factories should prove to be a good test route for the Semi ahead of planned production in 2019.