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Tesla delays truck production to 2020

Automotive and energy company Tesla, has confirmed production of its Class 8 truck will commence next year.

On the back of reports it had posted first quarter financial losses of more than $700 million, Tesla Automotive President Jerome Guillen, said the Tesla Semi would arrive in 2020, later than it initially indicated when it was launched in 2017.

It's the first update of its production schedule from the original equipment manufacturer since it offered $20,000 pre-orders for the battery-electric trucks. 

Companies such as FedEx, PepsiCo, Albertsons, Anheuser-Busch and Walmart were among fleets to announce orders for either Tesla's 300-mile range ($150,000) and 500-mile range ($180,000) trucks.

While Tesla had yet to confirm a production location for the electric truck Guillen acknowledged it would be continuing to use its Gigafactory 1 facility in Sparks, Nevada to manufacture powertrains and batteries.

“Next year we will start production," he said.

"We are very happy, we are driving the trucks extensively with so far, I think, quite amazing success, yes.”

CEO Elon Musk had previously said that Tesla was aiming to manufacture 100,000 electric trucks per year.

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