Tesla Seemingly Started Construction of High-Volume Semi Production Facility in Nevada

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Last year, Tesla announced a new production facility in Nevada for the Semi, its Class-8 truck. However, one year later, nothing happened, as the EV maker has been working on other projects. Things appear to have changed now, as people noticed important movements at Giga Nevada, including massive steel deliveries. This suggests that Tesla will finally start construction of its Semi production facility.
Tesla announced the Semi Class-8 truck in 2017 when it also introduced two concept vehicles to the public. The production was supposed to start in 2019, but the Semi got delayed, as often happens with Tesla's new models. In December 2022, three years later than promised, the first Tesla Semi trucks were delivered to PepsiCo, Tesla's launching partner. However, these trucks, whose number was kept under wraps, have not been built on a dedicated production line. Instead, they were assembled by hand in a warehouse near Giga Nevada.

Initial plans were to move Semi series production to Giga Texas. However, Tesla reconsidered the strategy, as it planned to start Cybertruck production in Austin in 2023. This is why the decision to relocate Semi's production line to Giga Nevada was surprising but somehow understandable. Tesla Semi will continue production in Nevada, but Tesla announced a $3.6 billion investment into a state-of-the-art production facility near Giga Nevada.

The official announcement was made in January 2023, but Tesla needed a whole year before breaking ground on the new facility. The long delay was explained by the time it took Tesla to arrange the permitting and state incentives for the new production line. However, there was no visible work at the site for another year. Tesla continued to build the Semi by hand in the same workshop, with about 100 trucks completed by the end of 2023.

At the same time, Tesla reiterated plans to start volume production in 2024, which means completing the expansion project at Giga Nevada this year. Unfortunately, this didn't happen either, and Tesla has only now appeared to start constructing the new Semi production facility. People who follow Giga Nevada have noticed new movements around the area where it will be built.

Hinrichs Zane, a drone pilot who regularly provides updates on movements around Giga Nevada, shared a video showing that a massive steel delivery arrived at Giga Nevada on July 7. The transport was unloaded at the location of the future Tesla Semi factory, which is being built as an extension of Tesla's existing gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. It's unclear whether Tesla means business this time.

During the first-quarter earnings call, Semi product manager Dan Priestley revealed that the start of production is now planned for late 2025, with the first deliveries to customers in 2026. The Semi built on the new production line will most likely feature significant modifications compared to the trucks already delivered to customers like PepsiCo, Costco, and Walmart.

This implies that Tesla still gathers data from the existing fleet to improve the series production model. The EV maker plans to build about 50,000 Semi trucks per year and become the dominant truck manufacturer in North America.
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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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