Tesla is finally taking reservations for their long-awaited and quite delayed prime-mover.
The news comes just days after arch-rivals, Nikola, commenced actual truck production.
But Tesla might not be too far behind.
The Elon Musk-owned business has started accepting $20,000 (USD) down payments (or reservations in Tesla speak), ahead of first customer deliveries next year.
Unveiled in 2017, the Tesla truck was first promised to be with its first customers back in 2019, but production has been affected by several factors, including micro chip shortages and limited production capacity for the truck’s 4680 battery cells.
When it does eventually hit the roads in North America it will boast a range of 500 miles (around 800km).
U.S. Tesla truck customers are being told starting prices for the vehicle will be around $150,000 USD (around $215,000 AUD on current exchange rate).
“By making your Reservation, you have secured the approximate priority for ordering your Tesla Semis. The timing of your order may depend on development, manufacturing and production schedules, among other factors. Your Reservation becomes effective when we receive your Reservation Payment.” – Tesla update on reservations opening up
At this stage there’s no word on any future availability of the Tesla offering in the Australian market, we will though keep you updated.