Tesla is reportedly seeking to construct 9 electrical semi-truck charging stations alongside a route from northern California to the southern border of Texas.
In response to emails seen by Bloomberg Information, the EV maker is in search of practically $100 million from the US to construct the charging stations.
In emails to the Texas Division of Transportation between Could and early July, Tesla executives proposed that every station be outfitted with eight 750-kilowatt chargers for Tesla Semi vans and 4 chargers for vans made by its opponents.
If the plan succeeds, it could lead to a first-of-its-kind charging community within the US that might allow long-haul electrified trucking from Texas to California, the states the place Tesla has a serious manufacturing and engineering footprint. The charging stations would additionally allow regional-haul trucking in Texas, Arizona, and California.
Maybe extra importantly, the charging hall would assist Tesla join its US vegetation with the manufacturing unit it plans to construct within the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, which is simply south of Texas’ border.
The hall would stretch from Fremont, California, to Laredo, Texas, proper on the US-Mexico border. Stations between Fremont and Laredo would come with Bakersfield (CA), Compton (CA), Indio (CA), Phoeniz (AZ), San Simon (AZ), Sparks (TX), and Fort Stockton (TX). The gap between Fremont and Laredo is roughly 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers).
Tesla execs instructed Texas officers the hall might qualify for federal grants that might be disbursed as a part of the bipartisan infrastructure invoice created to modernize US transit methods by constructing extra EV charging stations for each passenger and business automobiles.
In response to Bloomberg, Tesla requested Texas state officers to jot down a letter in help of its semi-truck-charging challenge to incorporate in its funding utility, which was submitted in June. Tesla would contribute $24 million along with the $97 million requested from the federal government.
Tesla has designed Megacharger charging stations particularly for the Semi. The corporate has deployed some Megachargers at its personal amenities, together with Gigafactory Nevada, and at distribution facilities belonging to PepsiCo, the Semi’s first buyer.
The EV maker has additionally put in cellular Megachargers at some strategic spots on a number of events. Nevertheless, Bloomberg‘s report suggests Tesla is now seeking to construct everlasting Megachargers, because it promised when it unveiled the Semi in 2017.