The Tesla Semi, the company’s all-electric heavy-duty truck, was supposed to make its debut a couple of months ago, after being delayed for a few times. But now, it seems like they are finally ready to reveal it later this month, on November 16, at their design center in Hawthorne, California. Why do we think that it will push through this time? Well, because they have already begun sending invites for the event. Guests will be entertained at 7:00PM Pacific time, while Musk will hit the stage after an hour or so.
The latest teaser shows the silhouette of the all-electric heavy-duty truck, and it sure does look a lot like the truck that was spotted a few months back. The teaser also highlights the truck’s aggressive LED headlights.
There isn’t much information available with regards to the Tesla Semi. However, it’s widely speculated that it will be a short to mid-range truck, as opposed to a long-hauler. He also teased a few record breaking specs in terms of torque and handling, saying that the truck is actually much better than anything that was suggested in the media to date. Other details that we have previously heard of are all just rumours at this point.
Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s former Model S Program Director and VP of Vehicle Engineering, had led the Tesla Semi program. Before joining Tesla, Guillen had a history with Daimler as he was once an executive there. Listed among his achievements is the development of the Cascadia truck program.
In Musk’s “Master Plan Part Deux”, we did not really get a clear view of the Tesla Semi. But he did say that the heavy-duty truck will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport. At the same time, it will improve safety and is going to be very easy to operate.
Musk was supposed to unveil the Tesla Semi earlier, but then he had to push it to a later date so that that could first take care of the Model 3 production bottlenecks as well as battery production, which will be used to help Puerto Rico after they were hit by two hurricanes two months ago.
It is not just Tesla that’s developing new electric trucks. Recently, Cummins unveiled their very first prototype electric truck, while VW announced that they have just invested $1.7 billion to bring electric trucks and buses to the market. Lastly, Daimler is stepping its game up with their electric concept truck that features up to 220 miles of range.