Anticipation is high for Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) semi-trucks, which already have customers lining up for their targeted release in 2019. A notable production milestone has been reached, as the first of the trucks have left the Nevada Gigafactory for a road trip.
Ars Technica has the details on Tesla’s big news.
On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted a picture on Instagram of two Tesla Semis at the Sparks, Nevada Gigafactory. The trucks are apparently full of battery packs and are making their way to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.
“First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California,” Musk wrote.
Tesla announced the electric big rigs last November, and companies such as Walmart and DHL are reportedly interested. The company has projected that they’ll be ready for sale in 2019, but Tesla has noted that they’ll be used internally first, presumably as a means of working out potential kinks before they hit the market.
There’s no word on whether the trucks will be making the full round trip on a single charge or if there will need to be a pit stop for charging purposes.
Tesla Inc shares rose $1.45 (+0.44%) in premarket trading Thursday. Year-to-date, TSLA has gained 6.73%, versus a 2.22% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.