Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk announced that the companies plans for an Electric Semi, Class 8 Truck will once again be delayed, this time into 2021.
The truck was first introduced in 2017 and Musk announced production of the Semi would begin in 2019. Companies such as Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt, and Fedex put in orders, which required a $5,000 deposit per truck. A month after the unveiling, UPS preordered 125 of the electric trucks which required the deposit jumping to $20,000 per truck. However, during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call in April 2019, Jerome Guillen, president of automotive and head of the Tesla Semi program, indicated that production would begin in 2020.
Delayed for the third time, interested fleets will now have to wait until 2021 to get their hands on the electric Tesla Semi. Tesla did not elaborate on the reason for the delay, but it is speculated to be due to the COVID-19 pandemic.