Shortly after the unveiling of the Tesla Semi truck, the company has revealed the pricing details for the all-electric truck. At launch, the Semi will be offered in two variants and like the Roadster, the Semi can be had with a limited-edition Founders Series.

The Semi truck is available with two driving range: 300 miles (482 km) and 500 miles (802 km). Tesla is asking for US$150,000 (RM618k) for the base 300-mile Semi while the extended range Semi will set you back at US$180,000 (RM741k). The limited-edition Founders Series is the most expensive at US$200,000 (RM823), although it remains unclear what extra goodies the Founders Series will get.

The 500-mile Semi gets a 200-kWh battery pack, but Tesla did not disclose whether the lower driving range is due to electronic tuning or a smaller battery pack. Both variants are powered by four electric motors on the rear axle allowing the unloaded to propel from 0 to 96 km/h in just 5 seconds. Fully loaded with 3.6 tonnes of cargo and the Semi will get to the same speed in a blistering 20 seconds.

Its superior driving range is not only due to the large battery pack, but also thanks to its unique design that boasts a drag coefficient of 0.36 – more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron (0.38 cd). The electric motors with its regenerative braking and negative torque systems helps to stretch a few more miles from the Semi.

The Semi is also equipped with Enhanced Autopilot system which bundles Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning and event recording. The Semi can also autonomously travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to follow a lead Semi.

Reservation prices for the Semi has also increased from US$5,000 (RM20k) to US$20,000 (RM82k) but if you’re eyeing for the Founders Series, you’d have to fork out the full price of US$200k upfront to reserve for one.


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