Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks

Article by Christian A., on April 19, 2017

Tesla Motors is still shocking the world with its electric vehicles built with performances are at par or even better than their conventionally powered rivals. However, it turned out that Tesla is planning to go beyond electric sedans and SUVs. As Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced it would soon unveil the carmaker’s first semi-truck and pickup truck.

Through a post in Twitter, Musk revealed that the carmaker is unveiling the new Tesla Semi truck in September this year. He added that Tesla’s development team did an amazing job in creating this new semi truck, which he described as on a “seriously next level.” As far as we know, Musk isn’t joking. Of course, “seriously next level” could mean that it could be entirely different from the semi-trucks we know, thereby possible changing the game according to Tesla’s own definition.

To note, Musk tweeted in 2016 that Tesla’s Jerome Guillen was already test-driving the carmaker’s new semi truck. He also noted that Guillen was responsible for leading Daimler’s most successful semi-truck program. In addition, Musk said during the unveiling of Master Plan Part Deux last summer that Tesla is already in the early stages of development of its new heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. By then, he announced that these units would be ready to be unfurled this year. Now, Musk is staying true to his words and confirmed that Tesla is indeed unveiling a new semi-truck this September.

Furthermore, Musk also announced in another Twitter post that Tesla is unveiling its new pickup truck in the next 18 to 24 months. Both the new semi and pickup trucks are expected to be all-electric, which means they are bound to challenge the conventions in the semi and pickup truck markets, where the main considerations for a buy are their output and – more importantly – torque levels.

Developing a new electric-powered pickup truck isn’t that illogical for Tesla, especially in the United States. This is primarily because the best-selling vehicles in the US are usually pickup trucks. For instance, the top three vehicles in the US in 2016 in terms of sales are all pickup trucks – Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram P/U. Thus, it wouldn’t be a wonder if Tesla tries to get a piece of this appealing market with its own pickup truck offering.

But before we get to see the carmaker unveil its new Tesla Semi truck in September 2017 and the new pickup truck in between 18 months to 24 months, Tesla will be unveiling the final finished production version of its Tesla Model 3 in July.

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