Tesla Lobbies Australia to Change Road Laws to Fit its Semi Truck

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Talks of the Tesla Semi are heating up, with more sightings in the wild coming up in recent months than ever before. However, there is still more work to be done for the electric semi-truck to reach Australia.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Tesla’s first-generation Semi will be delayed in Australia due to a law capping the size of a vehicle’s width at 2.5 meters, according to a submission made by Tesla to Australia’s National Transport Commission. Tesla’s Semi is wider than the requirement by just 34 millimeters, or about 1.34 inches.

While Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, Tesla says a change to the current size limits could help the company “avoid replicating that mistake for heavy vehicles.”

The company also went on to say that Australia’s National Transport Commission “and governments of all levels [should] prepare for rapid decarbonization,” beginning with urgent changes to these vehicle design requirements.

To be sure, it’ll be a while before Tesla Semis reach Australia regardless. Semi production was halted earlier this year, and more recent estimates hold that production may begin in the US in August 2021, with Europe following suit in 2023.

Despite battery production constraints, US Tesla Semi deliveries are still expected to happen by the end of 2021, according to Musk’s most recent mention on the subject.

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