Tesla Semi Shows Up At Hometown Of Budweiser

MAR 15 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 18

It appears that the Tesla Semi was taking a little tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis.

Just the other day, we were publishing multiple stories about the two Tesla Semi prototypes traveling between Fremont and the Tesla Gigafactory. This was the vehicles’ first publicized cargo trip. Apparently, the larger, silver semi hit the road quickly and quietly to head all the way to St. Louis (more than 2,000 miles away).

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Tesla Semis reportedly charging at the Rocklin Supercharger station

We can’t be 100 percent positive that this is the same truck people have been following (AKA, one of the two seen at the Rocklin Supercharger), but it sure seems highly likely. Even if it’s another prototype, it still had to cross the country at some point.

This particular version of the semi (if it’s set up like the production vehicle) is supposed to have a 500-mile range. However, we shared in a previous post that both trucks involved in the Gigafactory cargo run were said to have a 300-mile range, although one would think it would be able to travel further on a charge since the one spotted in St. Louis wasn’t pulling a trailer.

The truck was seen at the brewery, as shown above in the Instagram post, and several others noticed it in the area and shared pictures on various social media outlets. It was also seen at Superchargers in St. Charles, as shown below.

We do know that Budweiser already ordered some 40 trucks back in 2017, so it makes perfect sense since the vehicle has a connection there.

Sources: Teslarati, Electrek

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Driving it to Budweiser, what better way to show that Not Every Use of the Semi demands a full installation of the Megachargers, right out of the gate!

Well it’s also not pulling anything, so it would just a lot less energy to get from point A to B.

It was seen using some type of multiple supercharger adaptor. It’s a nice alternative if a small percentage of the trips can’t be reached by Megachargers.

Same truck, check the license plates in both photos.

Yup, same license plates, and therefore same cab, good catch.

Ganging two superchargers together gives them ~250 kW. Assuming a 600 kWh battery pack that’s 2 hours to 80%. A bit longer with taper. 80% charge probably goes ~400 miles without a load. That works for shuttling a prototype around to customers.

Disconnecting the trailer and messing with superchargers wouldn’t be acceptable for a working truck. But early fleet customers will mostly use them on short routes with destination charging, anyway.

There is no taper when charging to 80% with such low C-rates.

Missed an opportunity to show off the future Autonomous capabilities of the car. 😉

The driver could go to Budweiser, get hammered drunk, and let the semi drive him back safely lol.

Who’s to say the Semi didn’t drop off a trailer with Model 3 at one of it’s Tesla stores along the way.

… and the Think City is lowered by an auto-boom from storage behind the top cab air deflector to be used as a local runabout while on the road. I do miss my Think City. RIP.

So give us an owner’s report; pros and cons. And, why are you no longer driving it?

Better yet, start a new discussion thread in the InsideEVs Forums section. I’d love to know more about the Th!nk City!

Questions: how far can that truck go unloaded?

Also, is Tesla still looking at a sleeper cab that goes 1,000 miles?

If we assume the same efficiency that a 100D Model X gets when towing a 5000 lbs, 2270 kg, teardrop camper, which is 70%, then a 500 mile, 800 km, range Tesla semi would get a range of about 714 miles, 1150 km, without any weight in tow.

But that’s assuming they’re testing with the largest battery. If it is the lower range version going 300 miles, then the same variables give us a range of 428 miles, or 690 km, without any weight in tow.

Either way, this might explain how it made it to Saint Louis relatively quickly. The smaller battery semi, charged to 80%, without any weight in tow, using the dual supercharger adapter, would take 1.5 hours and provide 340 miles, 550 km, of range. So it could easily skip charging stations and only have to charge 6 times between Sacramento and Saint Louis on its 2000 mile, 3225 km, journey.

“Questions: how far can that truck go unloaded?”

Answer: Considerably farther than it can go pulling a load. 😉

Tesla semi could be popular, they need to publish the capacity/range/miles numbers.

GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY DIESELS LOL
Don’t forget to pick up a trailer full of beer to keep GF workers hydrated lol

From the perspective of an engineer this is great news for Tesla. They are already doing load testing indicating they are further along then expected.

We don’t know if it did or didn’t breakdown but if it did that is also a good thing. The main purpose of testing is to identify weaknesses and design flaws. Once identified they are usually easy to address.

Americans loyal to America can rejoice with Tesla’s success. Not so for Putin’s pals.

What was the Think doing at the supercharger??