The Tesla Semi VIN data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was published in the automaker’s MY2023 VIN Decoder.
InsideEVs reported that the Tesla Semi has a 500-mile range, and the CEO claims that PepsiCo will receive the first one on December 1, 2022.
Notably, the Tesla Semi was postponed, as was the Tesla Cybertruck. CEO Musk recently stated that the Class 8 electric truck is going into production.
According to Teslarati, the Tesla Semi VIN will contain 17 digits. For reference, Tesla’s prior models, the Model S/Xand the Model 3/Y were listed with VINs that began with “5YJ” and “7SA,” respectively.
Here is a simple guide on how to decode the Vehicle Identification Number of the Tesla Semi, as per the report:
Digits 1 – 3: World Manufacturing Identifier
7G2 = Manufacturer: Tesla Inc., Vehicle Type: Truck
Digit 4: Make/Line/Series
T = Tesla Semi
Digit 5: Chassis/Cab
Type B = Day Cab
Digit 6: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
E = Class 8 – Greater than 14968 kg. (33,001 lbs. and over)
Digit 7: Fuel Type
E = Electric
Digit 8: Motor/Drive Unit/Braking System
B = Dual Drive Rear Axle, Air Brakes
Digit 9: Check Digit
To be assigned by the manufacturer pursuant to 49 CFR § 565.15(c).
Digit 10: Model Year
P = 2023
Digit 11: Plant of Manufacture
N = Reno, NV
Digits 12-17: Unique Serial Number
Notably, the MY2023 VIN Decoder makes several allusions to significant information regarding the Tesla Semi. For instance, the fifth character, “B,” indicates the car as a day cab.
According to the report, Tesla may eventually offer a Semi with a sleeper cabin. On the other hand, the Semi is designated as having air brakes and a dual-drive rear axle by the “B” listed in the eighth position.
Another interesting detail was the VIN’s 11th digit which indicates that the Tesla Semi is being constructed in a plant in Reno, Nevada. However, Tesla may relocate the Semi’s production to a more suitable location, like Gigafactory Texas once the vehicle ramps up production.
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