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With sightings across the country, it seems the Tesla Semi prototypes are getting some road testing ahead of production.

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NeverFollow

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With sightings across the country,
it seems the Tesla Semi prototypes are getting some road testing ahead of production.
I wonder where the semi are recharged. I never saw any picture while charging.
However they must stop somewhere every 200 miles or so?

The plug combination seems quite interesting.
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I've seen them also plug into regular superchargers, however you statement that they need stop every 200 miles is inaccurate. They're supposed to have 600 mile range with a load (at least for the bigger battery truck)
 

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I've seen them also plug into regular superchargers
Does they use each of the 8 plugs?
They must have some special extension cable?
I imagine that they use only 4 plugs at the time, otherwise they would need very long extension cables?
Does they try avoiding sharing the same charger combination (A and B) to get optimum charging speed?
 

GTKAZ

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Does they use each of the 8 plugs?
They must have some special extension cable?
I imagine that they use only 4 plugs at the time, otherwise they would need very long extension cables?
Does they try avoiding sharing the same charger combination (A and B) to get optimum charging speed?
All good questions I honestly don't have answers for. I'm sure we'll start seeing megachargers setup in the next 6 months and most likely at factories of the big buyers. I have a feeling the semi-truck will actually begin production ahead of schedule....for once lol
 

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I wonder where the semi are recharged. I never saw any picture while charging.
However they must stop somewhere every 200 miles or so?

The plug combination seems quite interesting.
tesla-semi-megacharger-charging-port-1024x685.jpg
They have a custom junction box currently that allows them to combine the outputs of two superchargers in to a plug that fits the Semi.
 

scaesare

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I've seen them also plug into regular superchargers, however you statement that they need stop every 200 miles is inaccurate. They're supposed to have 600 mile range with a load (at least for the bigger battery truck)
The bigger pack is spec'd at 500 miles range, not 600.

However both the current test trucks purportedly are the smaller 300 mile range versions.
 

dhanson865

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Does they use each of the 8 plugs?
They must have some special extension cable?
I imagine that they use only 4 plugs at the time, otherwise they would need very long extension cables?
Does they try avoiding sharing the same charger combination (A and B) to get optimum charging speed?

They use either an extension cord with 1 cable from a single supercharger pedestal or they use an extension that goes to a box that combines 2 cables from 2 pedestals.

It's not the normal method for charging the semi. There is a native larger charger connection without using the adapter / extension cord at a normal supercharger.
 

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Tesla Semi trucks spotted Supercharging near Sacramento on their first cargo trip

It looks like the semi lost their tires side protection?

Also, I wonder why the black semi don't get the top roof like the silver one has to provide for better profiling?

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