29 Sep Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October
Electric Semi truck will be ‘tentatively’ ready for first test rides and is ‘worth seeing in person’, but can batteries and self-driving trucks really replace diesels?
Tesla is set to launch its first electric lorry, which is expected to be able to drive itself, in late October as the company attempts to break into the commercial market.
Chief executive Elon Musk said that the “Tesla Semi truck” is “tentatively scheduled” for unveiling and first test rides one month behind schedule on 26 October in Tesla’s hometown of Hawthorne, California.
“Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal,” said Musk on Twitter.
The commercial trucking industry appears interested in Musk’s proposed battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle, which can compete with conventional diesels and travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. But analysts remain sceptical that battery technology, which takes up significantly more volume and is heavier than conventional fuels, is capable of matching diesel as a power source without reducing the truck’s maximum payload.
Tesla’s electric big-rig truck could have a working range of only 200 to 300 miles, according to reports, which would make it more suitable for inner-city transport than long-distance motorway haulage.