Elon Musk says 'unreal' Tesla semi truck set for October unveiling

Marco Green
September 14, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil an electric semi-truck in Hawthorne, California, on October 26, reports said on Thursday.

Tesla's top man describes the electric auto company's first commercial vehicle as a "beast", whetting the appetite by adding, "it's unreal". The news reported earlier Wednesday by Reuters was confirmed by CNBC.

Tesla's electric big-rig truck could have a working range of 200 to 300 miles to compete with more conventional diesels, Reuters reported later in August.

Tesla's vice president of business development, Diarmuid O'Connell, is leaving the company after more than 11 years, just before Tesla ramps up production of its first mass-market vehicle, the Model 3.

Tesla has been making strides in self-driving technology and implementing it in an electric truck could potentially move it forward in a highly competitive area of commercial transport also being pursued by Uber Technologies and Alphabet's Waymo. "If you had a tug of war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill", Musk is quoted by the TED media organisation as saying. It's likely Tesla will add this feature, as and when the vehicle is capable of a longer usable range.

Musk has already revealed some details about the project.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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