Tesla Semi Starts at $150,000

Tesla Inc.’s all-electric “Semi” Class 8 truck will have a starting price of $150,000 when it’s launched in the U.S. in 2019.

The base model has an estimated driving range of 300 miles. The mid-level version with a 500-mile range will start at $180,000.

The top-end Founder Series edition, which will be limited to 1,000 units, starts at $200,000. Tesla hasn’t announced a driving range for the Founder model.

The carmaker unveiled the Semi earlier this month. Several companies—including Canadian grocery chain Loblaw, freight operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services and superstores Meijer and Wal-Mart—have put down deposits for their planned electric fleets.

Since announcing the vehicle, Tesla has quadrupled the deposit fee from $5,000 to $20,000 for the base and mid-level models. Buyers are required to pay the full $200,000 to reserve a Founder Semi.

Tesla claims Semi owners will save more than $200,000 in fuel costs per over the estimated life of the vehicle (one million miles) compared with diesel big-rigs.