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Tesla reportedly sent a notice to Semi reservation holders that the all-electric big-rig will go into production in the second half of 2020.
The leaked email was shared to Twitter, the user saying it was distributed in a newsletter to reservation holders.
The Semi was first shown to the public in November 2017. Tesla targeted a release date of late 2019.
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; up to 500 miles of range; energy consumption of less than 2 kWh per mile; and fuel savings of more than $200,000 over a million miles.
Chief Executive Elon Musk has said the Semi will perform even better than the first specs announced.
“Am feeling optimistic about beating the Semi specs announced at the unveiling for the same price,” he said in a tweet. “The Tesla Semi will be something really special.”
Tesla has said it has orders for more than 2,000 Semis. Customers who plan to add the Tesla trucks to their fleets include UPS, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Anheuser-Busch, among others.