Tesla is taking orders for its Series 8 battery-powered semi-truck in the UK. According to the company, customers are required to pay a deposit of £4,000 to secure the reservation. Another £11,000 must then be transferred within 10 days. Once the transfer is completed, the money is non-refundable.
Tesla revealed its plans to produce its electric truck in 2017, when zero-emissions trucks were still a long way off.
The hype around the announcement was huge and soon companies like Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Pepsi, DHL and even the Lithuanian company Girteka Logistics booked the car. The Hungarian company Waberer has also announced that it is ready to test the truck as the first in Europe.
Five years have passed since then, and companies such as Scania, Volvo Trucks and DAF have already started producing their own electric trucks. However, it remains unclear when the Tesla Semi will be delivered to customers.
There was a lot of media speculation about a possible launch date after company founder Elon Musk suggested there would be a “massive wave of new products” in 2023. This has led many to believe that the model will roll off the assembly line early next year. .
But why would anyone pay £15,000 for a truck whose production is fraught with so many question marks? According to Tesla, the semi-truck will be the safest to date, accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h faster (within 20 seconds) and featuring the lowest operating costs.