The Tesla Semi is about to embark on its first delivery.
Elon Musk shared a photo today showing two of the electric big rigs side-by-side in the Gigafactory parking lot in Nevada, gearing up for their first production cargo trip.
The black and silver trucks are towing battery packs to the firm’s California factory.
It comes just weeks after one of the prototype Semis was spotted on the street in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The move marks a major milestone toward the eventual release of the highly anticipated electric truck.
‘First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factor in California,’ Musk wrote alongside the photo.
The Tesla Semi is said to be capable of traveling 500 miles on a charge when moving at highway speed with its maximum weight load, 80,000 pounds.
Diesel trucks, on the other hand, can go about 1,000 miles on a tank of fuel.
It can hit 60 miles per hour in five seconds without cargo, and 20 seconds towing a full load.
Musk first unveiled the electric Semi at an event last November, during which he rode one into an airport hangar outside of Los Angeles.
They’re expected to roll out next year – but already, there have been several major orders, including PepsiCo, UPS, and Budweiser-maker Anheuser-Busch.
A video of the big rigs stirred fresh excitement last month over the all-electric truck.
The rare glimpse of the prototype was captured by YouTube user Richard Fielder in the Bay Area where Tesla Semis are being tested.
The clip shows just how quickly the massive electric vehicle can accelerate.
So far, only those in the San Francisco area have a chance at getting a sneak peak at the vehicle.
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