Elon Musk Will Unveil Electric Semi-Truck: Tesla Gigafactory's Semi Is Short Range Eco-Friendly Transporter?

Patrick Frye

Tesla Motors will unveil an electric cargo truck in September, confirmed CEO Elon Musk through a simple tweet.

Although the Tesla Motors' Gigafactory still has to get up to speed, the Model 3's production has to be ramped up, and a satellite launch coming up, Elon Musk didn't hesitate to announce the impending launch of an all-electric goods carrier. The eco-friendly, battery-operated semi-truck is scheduled to be unveiled in September, confirmed Elon Musk through a rather simple tweet:

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017

Although Elon Musk did not reveal when the truck would be available for purchase, given the fact that Tesla Model 3 is currently in active development, while the Model S is selling like hot cakes, the battery-powered semi-truck could make its commercial debut sooner rather than later. Musk did not speculate, but the all-electric goods carrier is expected to feature autonomous driving capabilities. Given the current regulations, the truck will still require a driver present in the driver's seat at all times. In another tweet, Musk mentioned Tesla expects to unveil a pickup truck in 18 to 24 months.

— Electrek.Co (@ElectrekCo) April 13, 2017

"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."

— drive EV (@driveEV) April 13, 2017

Unfortunately, the trucks would still need regular pit stops to top up these batteries if they wish to ply the interstates. Interestingly, it is possible that Musk intends to offer these electric goods carriers for the last-mile warehouse delivery within the city limits. Diesel trucks in urban areas have always been loathed for their noise and pollution. The Tesla trucks could silently snake through dense city traffic and deliver the goods without polluting the area.

While an all-electric goods carrier might seem a farfetched concept, so did an all-electric completely autonomous car that can read and predict traffic pattern, and take corrective action while speeding through traffic. Incidentally, a few companies have been developing their own versions of low- to zero-emission cargo vehicles. The most notable mentions include Urban eTruck from Mercedes-Benz, and Nikola Motor Co.'s hydrogen fuel cell truck. Both companies have working prototypes, but are still fine-tuning their vehicles. Even companies like Uber Technologies has been developing heavy-duty semi-trucks with self-driving capabilities.

— Mark B. Spiegel (@markbspiegel) April 13, 2017

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