One of the First Frito-Lay Tesla Semi Trucks Breaks Down on the Side of a Highway

One of the first Frito-Lay Tesla Semi trucks breaks down on the side of a highway. A Tesla service van was on site, but the semi-truck reportedly had to be towed away.

This image and news come to us via @SilentAlert on Twitter.

Take a close look at the image above. You can see the open and substantial suicide-style truck door. You can also see an open front hatch as well. There is somebody working on the truck on the side of the highway. Thankfully, this highway area has a large shoulder/parking area. The service van is a large Ford Transit. It’s unclear if it is an electric E-Transit van or a regular gasoline-powered Transit.

Tesla Semi uses a tri-motor system that the company says is 3-times more powerful than a typical turbo-diesel big rig. The Tesla Semi is said to have a driving range of up to 500 miles. It has a 1,000 kW (1 megaWatt) charging ability. You can read this to learn more about the Tesla Semi truck.

At this time, we do not know what caused this electric semi-truck to stop. It may have been out of energy, or it may have encountered some software or hardware issue. We will update this story as we learn more about it.

In the meantime, here is my comparison of two International medium-duty commercial trucks: International MV and eMV (diesel versus all-electric).