The Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to the Tesla semi truck, making the company’s most recent estimated truck delivery date look all the more real.
According to Inside Evs, Elon Musk announced earlier this month that Tesla semi truck deliveries are slated to begin on December 1st, with PepsiCo as the first fleet customer to receive their electric rigs. This is at least the third time the company has announced an imminent semi truck delivery, with announcements also made in 2020 and 2021. However, this time may be different, as the company has gotten the go-ahead from the EPA for their new electric semi trucks.
The EPA granted the Tesla semi a Certificate of Conformity on September 29th, which will remain valid until December 31st, 2023. This means that Tesla now has official permission to distribute their electric semi truck.
The EPA states that “every class of heavy-duty engines/vehicles and non-road engines introduced into commerce in the US must have a Certificate of Conformity, and they are valid for only one model year of production.”