Musk tweets date and location for Tesla electric freight truck unveil

Gladys Abbott
September 14, 2017

- Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the reveal event and test rides for the company's much-anticipated semi truck will occur on October 26 in Hawthorne, California.

Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi were announced past year and in April Musk said the release of the semi-truck was set for September.

It will be revealed nearly a month later than Musk originally suggested, and even now the Tesla CEO emphasises that the date is 'tentative'.

He first teased the prospect of the semi-truck - as well as a smaller minibus - in his "master plan" that was released in July 2016.

A semi-truck consists of a tractor unit bound to one of more semi-trailers and is usually used to carry freight.

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"This is something which today people do not think is possible", said Musk. But to compete with traditional long haul trucks, the Tesla Semi trucks will need to boost this range to 1,000 miles as regular long haul trucks have a range of 600-900 miles at least.

Reuters had reported in August that these trucks will have a 200-300 miles range on a single charge. These vehicles, in turn, would be powered by a hybrid system of integrated solar and electric batteries.

In April, he said the company also plans to reveal an electric pickup truck in 18 to 24 months.

Previously, Musk had stated that the semi-truck would be unveiled in September.

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