The production of Tesla’s Semi electric truck, which reportedly began in early October at a new building close to the company’s Giga Nevada plant, has been kept very under wraps.
At that time, Electrek discovered that the manufacturing tools set up at Giga Nevada would allow for the production of about five electric trucks each week. Approximately 250 Semi trucks would be produced annually, but Tesla has much larger plans for the vehicle once it moves production to the Gigafactory Texas.
The electric vehicle manufacturer revealed last month that it plans to increase Tesla Semi production to 50,000 units annually in 2024. However, until then, it appears that the company’s production goal for 2022 is much more modest, set at 100 Semi electric trucks.
It’s interesting that this fresh nugget of knowledge came to light during the legal battle over Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s pay package. The Tesla board chair, Robin Denholm, admitted during her testimony at the trial on November 15 that Tesla planned to build 100 Tesla Semi trucks this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Denholm stated that Tesla, for instance, “might produce 100 semitrailer trucks this year, years behind schedule.” Of course, this includes the Tesla Semis that have been produced since October.
According to a tweet from Martin Viecha, head of investor relations at Tesla, and a poster that the automaker shared on social media yesterday, Tesla will hold a delivery event for the Semi on December 1 at Giga Nevada. A frontal view of the Class 8 electric truck in production was shown in the image, and underneath it was written, “Semi Delivery Event Dec 01 | Giga Nevada.”
Shareholders who were fortunate enough to win a drawing held by the automaker via the Tesla Shareholder Platform will attend the event. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, will attend the event as well, as he announced during the Q3 earnings call last month. On December 1, he said, “I’ll be personally handing over our first production Tesla Semis to Pepsi.”
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On December 1, Pepsi will receive the first delivery of Tesla Semi electric trucks, and the food and beverage giant will use the vehicles at its Frito-Lay plant in Modesto and its beverages plant in Sacramento.