By Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA – The Tesla Semi Truck, CC BY 2.0

MHX Leasing has been awarded with $1.9 million grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to deploy 10 Tesla Semi.

MHX also intends to install also two Tesla Megachargers in Fontana, California. Those DC fast chargers are envisioned for charging trucks with high power, probably at 1 MW or more:

“MHX sought funding from the MSRC’s Zero & Near-Zero-Emission Trucking-to-Warehouse, Distribution, & Intermodal Facilities in Riverside & San Bernardino Counties grant program to support the purchase and deployment of 10 battery-electric Class 8 Tesla Semis as a part of its efforts to electrify its fleet of trucks in the South Coast Air Quality Management District.”

“To charge these vehicles, MHX will also purchase, install, and operate two Tesla Megachargers at its MHX-Napa Fontana distribution facility in Fontana, California.”

The electrification at MHX will progress in different areas; a separate $560,000 grant from MSRC will be used to deploy two overhead electric cranes for electric forklifts.

Since the standard 300-miles range Semi is expected to cost $150,000 and the 500-miles version about $180,000, a purchase of 10 would be around $1.5-$1.8 million.

Elon Musk said on the company’s 2020 Q4 earnings call that all engineering work is now complete on the Tesla Semi, the freight-hauling semi truck that the company is building with an all-electric powertrain. The company expects to begin deliveries of Tesla Semi in 2021, it said in its Q4 earnings release, and he said the only thing limiting their ability to produce them now is the availability of battery cells.

“The main reason we have not accelerated new products—like for example Tesla Semi—is that we simply don’t have enough cells for it.”

“If we were to make the Semi right now, and we could easily go into production with the Semi right now, but we would not have enough cells for it.” Musk said.

Elon Musk added that the company does expect to have sufficient cell volume to meet its needs once it goes into production on its 4680 battery pack, which is a new custom cell design it created with a so-called ‘tables’ design that allows for greater energy density and range.

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) awarded California-based logistics company MHX Leasing funds to deploy 10 Tesla Semi class 8 trucks and 2 overhead electric cranes. MHX won the grant from MSRC’s Zero & Near-Zero Emission Trucking to Warehouse, Distribution, & Intermodal Facilities in Riverside & San Bernardino Counties program. That program is part of a new incentive that aims to speed up the electric semi truck adaption by logistic companies.

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