Tesla has just revealed the price of its semi trailer and once again it is exceeding all expectations!
Initially, when this model was first announced, people were making disparate guesses about pricing in relation to battery size. Some assumed that if the vehicle came with a 1,000-kilowatt-hour battery with a range of 500 miles, the price would most likely fall within the $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 range.
Tesla semi trailer at a competitive price
They finally released the actual costs, and frankly, these numbers are mind-boggling. Starting price is $ 150,000 for the 300-mile range model, $ 180,000 for the 500-mile range model, and $ 200,000 for the fully loaded Founders series model, which should also be in the 500-mile range.
To put this in perspective, the entry price for a diesel-powered semitrailer is roughly $ 100,000. If you prefer something that is more reliable or has more features, you will have to look at the $ 110,000 to $ 120,000 range.
Interestingly, when you consider the difference between the two models (300-mile range and 500-mile range models), what we were really looking at is a bargain-priced upgrade.
Viewed from this angle, the advertised price becomes even more profitable and attractive. We’re talking an upgrade cost of just $ 15,000 for every additional 100-mile range (about 200 more kilowatts of battery)!
Of course, these calculations could be a long way off, they are based on initial numbers and observations, and there will be corollary costs involved with each purchase. But, if the math turns out right, this will really be a game changer!
The Elon Musk Factor
Lately, Tesla seems to be getting ahead and getting a lot of mileage over the competition. They already have a clear technological edge, thanks to a forward-thinking decision to go big in R&D.
And they have Elon Musk.
“Let’s face it, people buy a Tesla EV because it’s a great car with wonderful technology, they invest in Tesla because they believe in Elon Musk,” observed TColey 100, a keen observer in the electric vehicle space. “Elon Musk is Tesla’s most valuable asset and that’s what the competition has to deal with.”
When it comes to Tesla, online discussions often naturally gravitate to areas in which the company excels. Electric vehicle technology, batteries, and its huge super-charging network – those topics are part of the course.
But, if there’s one differentiator that’s making things happen for Tesla, it could only be Elon Musk. Comparisons have been made and tons of pages have been written about the man. The closest tech visionary that comes to mind is, of course, Steve Jobs.
They are both dream chasers who caused massive disruptions in their respective industries in search of breakthroughs. They do what they do best because they see that it can be done. It’s a shame Jobs died early. The way things are taking shape, Musk is prepared to accomplish much greater things before he does.
This piece is not intended to glorify Tesla or Musk. Far from it, the company has its own set of shortcomings to grapple with, but its leadership and direction remains strong. Let’s give credit where it is due.