Our first glimpse of the electric semi coming in September
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has teased the automaker’s upcoming semi-truck ahead of its debut in September. The teaser, revealed during a TED Talk featuring Musk, shows the front end of a very upright-looking truck with a striking set of headlights.
According to Electrek, Musk confirmed at the talk that a working prototype is already operational and that he’s had the opportunity to test drive one, saying it “feels like a sports car.” He also said the truck will be capable of long hauls, though he didn’t elaborate on its estimated range. Some have speculated that the truck will use solar panels on the trailer to help extend its range. There’s not much we can tell from this one shadowy photo except that the truck has no side mirrors.
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Musk has said in the past that Tesla’s electric semi will reduce the cost of cargo transport and increase safety. Two of the biggest costs associated with heavy-duty trucks are fuel and the driver, so Tesla’s design will more than likely incorporate some form of Autopilot autonomous technology to maximize efficiency.
We’ll have to wait until September to find out more about what Tesla has planned, but for now this is our best look at the upcoming electric semi.