Earlier this year, Tesla stated that the Tesla Semi’s production was put on hold until the company could produce a high volume of its own batteries, but new reports show that the company is set to begin producing the electric 18-wheeler.
The highly-regarded electric Tesla Semi is set to enter production with its drive axle line ready for operation, according to sources familiar with the matter (via Electrek). The report comes after years of delays following the announcement of the electric semi-truck in 2017.
“Now sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that the drive axle production line is ready and the general assembly line is going through its final debugging before starting production,” writes Fred Lambert.
Despite the delays, the company is still on track to make its first Semi deliveries by the end of this year, with the company saying earlier that its line at the Sparks Gigafactory was expected to produce five Tesla Semis per week by the end of 2021.
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Tesla has also posted job listings for Tesla Semi service technicians in both California and Ontario, Canada, which makes it seem likely that early deliveries may end up in those regions.
Still, Tesla has bigger plans for the world’s first electric Semi to become a global product, with Tesla even lobbying to the Australian government to increase vehicle width limits to accommodate the Semi, as it just barely surpasses the threshold.