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  • The Tesla Semi will start at $150,000. A longer-range version will cost $180,000.
  • The electric-car company is also selling a “founder series” version for $200,000 — the cost of which is due in full, up front.
  • CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi last week. The base model will travel 300 miles on a single charge. The long-range version will travel up to 500 miles.

Tesla Semi, the automaker’s newly unveiled electric big-rig truck, will have a base price of $150,000. Tesla’s lowest-priced model is expected to travel 300 miles on a single charge, while the longer-range truck will have a 500-mile range and cost $180,000.

Morgan Stanley analysts initially predicted the Semi would cost about $100,000. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the big reveal last week that the truck would cost less to operate compared to traditional diesel trucks — to the tune of about $1.26 per mile compared to the $1.51 per mile it costs to maintain a diesel hauler.

A $20,000 deposit is required to reserve a standard Tesla Semi. Buyers who want the limited “founders series” must pay the full $200,000 price up front. Production is expected to begin in 2019. Several major corporations, including Walmart, J.B. Hunt, and Meijer have already placed orders for the Semi.

Semi-relatedly, Tesla’s brand-new Roadster comes in around the same price point as the Semi: $200,000 for the base model, and $250,000 for the founders series — the payment for which is due in full, up front. Roadster production begins in 2020.

Some industry watchers have pointed to the new vehicles as a cash-grab for Tesla; the company is struggling to overcome production bottlenecks with its mass-market Model 3, the most affordable, and most-desired Tesla. There are some 450,000 orders for the compact sedan.

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