Tesla News: That Red Tesla Semi, Leasing In China, & Supercharger Expansion

red Tesla Semi

published on 1 January 2019
by Steve Hanley

1 January 2019 by Steve Hanley

Amidst the flood of news about Tesla Model 3 deliveries by the end of 2018, some other information about the events in Tesla was pushed aside these days. Now that the end of year madness is over, here are a few things that you may have missed.

Tesla Semi In Red

red Tesla Semi

Until now, it seemed that only two Tesla Semi-prototypes had been spotted in the real world. One was the black truck parked behind Elon Musk at the revelation ceremony; the other was a silver version. Imagine how surprised Reddit member you / CardSpecialist was a few days after Christmas when he saw a red Tesla Semi that took 15 places at the Kettleman City Supercharger station halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

He managed to take some pictures and get a brief word with the driver, who said that the red truck certainly received much more attention from other drivers than the black truck ever did. Analyzing the license plate information later revealed that this was actually the black truck, decked out in a bright red packaging. At that moment, the Semi was connected to only one Supercharger. Although it was seen in previous observations as connected to as many as 4 chargers at the same time.

red Tesla Semi

Acknowledgments: Derek Rasina / Twitter

Tesla Semi-production is expected to start before the end of 2019, but the head of investor relations at Tesla, Martin Viecha, said the company will "seriously" produce the fully electric trucks by 2020, according to reporting by Teslarati.

Tesla Supercharger Expansion in 2018

Tesla Supercharger

In a series of tweets at the end of the year, Tesla said it had installed more than 3,100 Superchargers worldwide by 2018. "Our network now covers 99% of the American population and 97% of Europe and will continue to grow in 2019. charging in the workplace covers about 90% of daily driving, the Supercharger network enables charging while you are away from home or on the way, "the company said.

The best of the 4 end-of-year tweets show how each Tesla now automatically shows the location of each Supercharger along the route as soon as the driver is programming at a destination. That was followed by a new tweet with all locations of the Supercharger between Sweden and Spain as a demo.

New lease unit chartered in China

On the other side of the planet of the red Semi, Tesla has registered a new company in China, according to Autoblog. With reference to an application to the National Enterprise Information Publicity System, the new entity will focus on leasing and consultancy. The initial capitalization is $ 30 million and the registered agent is Zhu Xiaotong, head of operations for Tesla in China. The company refused a request for comment on the story.

The move is a further signal that Tesla intends to continue with his plans to bring his electric cars to China as quickly as possible. Deliveries of US-produced Model 3's are expected to start in the spring, with locally produced cars arriving within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone within about a year of the new plant under construction.

2019 will be a hugely important year for Tesla, as it continues with the plans to continue the production of the Model 3 while a new factory is being built in China, the Supercharger network is being expanded, the upcoming Model Y is going through the gestation period and the Tesla Semi in production. Oh yes, and then there is also the Tesla pickup, still to be seen but apparently the favorite project of Elon Musk at the moment. Keep up to date with all the things that Tesla is doing here CleanTechnica the coming year.

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Tags: electric trucks, Tesla, Tesla charging, Tesla China, Tesla leasing, Tesla leasing China, Tesla Semi, tesla superchargers, Tesla Supercharging

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