This is why Tesla Semi will change road transport forever

Just a couple of weeks ago Tesla started deliveries of their latest product: the Tesla Semi, which is aiming to shake up the trucking industry.

Enrique Llanes
7 min readDec 19, 2022


Semi Delivery Event — Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Pepsi Co, their first customer, has been eagerly waiting to get their hands on their new trucks and is pumped to start using them for product deliveries.

Why is Tesla producing a Semi Truck?

It’s been long since Tesla announced that it would start producing this class 8 semi-truck and time went by but the company has been very busy with its other products.

Why a company that is so focused on ramping up its car business, that is so battery constrained, would spend so much effort building a product that is in a new category and that needs as many battery cells as 10 cars or more?

Elon Musk made it clear in the presentation that producing and selling this type of vehicle is in line with the company’s mission: “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles in addition to renewable energy generation and storage”.

This is because, in the US, although trucks only account for 1% of the total vehicle sales, they are responsible for 20% of the CO2 emissions and 36% of the particle emissions.

This could be understood as every truck, on average, is 20 times more harmful to greenhouse gas emissions count and 36 times more pollutant than a light vehicle.

This is not only because they move larger loads and their engines need more fuel to be powered, but also because they have a more intensive use, as opposed to most cars, they work, on average, 11 hours per day while private cars are only driven about 1 hour per day.

Tesla Semi specs

Although we don’t have all the details about the trucks that are being delivered (Tesla hasn’t updated their info since the unveil five years ago), we know we’re looking at an awesome machine.



Enrique Llanes

4X Top Writer // Tesla fan. Technology enthusiast. AI will change the world. Madrid.