Tesla has begun small-scale production of the Semi e-truck in a new facility at its Nevada factory, according to one observer, but mass production of the Tesla Semi isn't expected to begin until 2023.
The statement about the start of series production comes from Elon Musk himself, he named the year 2023 at the annual general meeting in October, when the e-truck is to be built at Giga Texas near Austin.
Near Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, a few examples of the Semi were recently spotted leaving a hangar. Twitter user "Sawyer Merritt," who has been watching the factory, not only filmed the vehicles, but also said he had a source confirm that "limited production" had begun in the building.
This pre-production is not only likely to be for internal testing purposes, but will also go to initial customers for testing. Food company PepsiCo had already ordered 100 Tesla Semi's in 2017 shortly after it was unveiled, and in November PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta reportedly said he expected the first deliveries before the end of the year.
The schedule also fits with the construction of the corresponding charging infrastructure: Tesla recently built the first megachargers near Gigafactory 1, and two of the units are reportedly already operational. PepsiCo is also reportedly currently building a megacharger in California, after receiving the corresponding permit in early December.