Here is a Tesla Semi Truck Carrying a Tesla Car Carrier: But Why Only Four Cars?

(photo: Elon Musk)

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, recently published this Tesla semi truck that is doing some work. It’s carrying a car carrier trailer with four Tesla cars loaded.

Why carry just four cars, instead of six, seven, or eight cars like the current diesel-powered trucks? We reached out to Tesla for comment, but we presume Tesla is still testing the prototype trucks with lighter loads, before they go fully loaded.

Tesla is planning two versions of the all-electric Semi Truck: a 300-mile or 500-mile range models. Tesla says the truck is consuming less than 2 kWh per mile. If this is the case, then the truck may be packing a giant batter pack with a capacity of close to 1,000 kWh in order to go a maximum of 500 miles.

photo: Tesla

It uses four electric motors to propel the rig. Tesla says a fully loaded truck (80,000 lbs) will be able to accelerate to 60 MPH in 20 seconds. The truck will also be able to maintain 60 MPH up a 5% grade (according to Tesla).

The Tesla semi pricing will range between $150,000 – $180,000 depending on the driving range. Some trucks with additional options will retail for around $200,000.

When will the Tesla trucks reach customers? We don’t have an exact date for this yet.

Here is a look at an “old school” car transporter rig.