A Tesla Semi was spotted this week at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California, hauling two sets of prefabricated Superchargers to be installed at the racetrack. This was a relatively rare sighting for the electric truck that is reportedly undergoing testing on highways across California. The latest sighting of the vehicle before this week was at the Michigan International Speedway earlier this month when it was spotted parked alongside the much-talked-about Cybertruck. Tesla is believed to have built at least four of these white electric semi-trucks at its prototype production line in Nevada.
The Tesla Semi is an all-electric Class 8 semi-truck that was initially unveiled in 2017. Full-scale commercial production of the vehicle is only expected to start next year alongside the Cybertruck. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s been a shortage of news, rumors and speculations about the vehicle in the media over the past year. It has been pictured on many occasions while being tested on highways and Interstates across the country. However, in most cases, the vehicle has generally been spotted without a trailer, which makes the latest sighting all that more interesting.
The official Tesla Charging Twitter account this week posted a short video showing the Tesla Semi hauling two pre-fab Superchargers to the Laguna Seca race track in California. This is the first time the Tesla Semi was spotted delivering prefabricated superchargers, but the automaker has already used these trucks to deliver vehicles to customers in the past. It delivered a Model X to a customer in a Tesla Semi back in 2019. While there was confusion about whether the company was using the truck to move vehicles to distribution centers rather than actually delivering them to the buyer, the company clarified that these were actual deliveries to end-users.
Laguna Seca is Tesla’s home ground, with so much of the company’s performance testing happening at the venue. Tesla cars like the Model S Plaid and Plaid+ have often been tested at Laguna Seca, while TeslaCorsa has been holding track day events for owners at the race track for years. Plans to install Superchargers at Laguna Seca have reportedly been in the works since last year when the company applied for a permit with Monterey County to install a new 8-stall V3 Supercharger at the venue.
Now that the Superchargers have been transported to Laguna Seca, online speculations suggest that they could be open to the public fairly soon. Tesla claims that the pre-fab Supercharger modules can get to work in less than eight days from their installation, meaning these stalls can become fully functional within the next week or two if everything goes according to plan for Tesla.