Tesla Semi Truck Reveal Set For September, Pickup Truck In a Couple Years

If Tesla does not have its hands full enough already with expanding its empire and preparing for Model 3 production in July, a semi truck is to be shown in September and a pickup could be here in less than two years.

The news was tweeted by CEO Elon Musk today, and he says the semi is “seriously next level.” News of the pickup came in a follow-up tweet, in which Musk added it would be unveiled in 18 to 24 months.

At this stage, little is known of either except they are expected to be all-electric like all of the products from the company which eschews petroleum power.

In outlining Tesla’s master plan last July, Musk said he believed all-electric heavy-duty trucks were sorely needed.

“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate,” he said.

It would be reasonable to assume autonomous technology will be baked in as well. Whether this would be a cross-country long-haul truck is unknown, and that could be technologically daunting.

While Musk was teasing info without specifics, as an extra added bonus he mentioned the next Roadster will be a convertible.

A Model S weighs roughly 4,500-5,000 pounds. An 80,000-pound truck would need a veritable order of magnitude more batteries for energy storage and a fast charge network to match.

A far-easier scenario, as others are already doing, is a truck aimed at a local route where intra-day charging in a region could make it more feasible.

As for the pickup, little is known about that either, except it could make waves even bigger for Tesla’s for-now consumer audience.


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