Tesla is looking to expand the reach of their Electric semi, and they have requested funding from the U.S. government to build nine Megacharging stations in order to do so. This route would run from the southern border of Texas to Northern California, and each station would include as many as eight 750-kilowat chargers.
Tesla has spoken with Texas officials about the plan, and even requested that they submit a letter to the U.S. government in order to support the plans. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is currently reviewing the application, and approved applicants are expected to be announced sometime later this year.
The Tesla Semi was the first 16-wheeler to be introduced to the market and it has been slower to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than that of passenger vehicles. Tesla has faced a number of delays and holdups in its time bringing the Semi to production, and CEO Elon Musk recently said he expects volume production to begin next year. The first Tesla Semi prototype was shared with the public in 2017, and initial deliveries of the Electric hauling truck didn’t take place until last December.
Tesla also announced plans to expand its Gigafactory Nevada this year in order to create a high-volume production facility for the Semi. This is set to be the first of its kind, and will be a monumental step in the production of Electric semis.
The Tesla Semi is a revolutionary step in the commercial trucking industry, and the Megacharging stations would help to make it even more accessible. If Tesla is approved for the grant money, then it could be a big step in the right direction for the industry, and could help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
It will be interesting to see if Tesla is approved for the grant money, and if their plans to build Megacharging stations will come to fruition. If they are successful, then it could be a major milestone in the production of Electric semis, and could be a huge step in the right direction for the industry.