Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, made an exciting announcement April 13th on Twitter: Tesla will be unveiling a semi-truck in September. He referred to it as "seriously next level."
This announcement didn't come as a surprise to everyone; Musk briefly mentioned the possibility of an electric semi-truck in his Master Plan, Part Deux from July 2016. In this plan, he explained that Tesla believed the truck would create a "substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate." He didn't clarify why it would be less expensive, safer, and fun, though the claims have certainly created high expectations.
This has caused some diesel companies to be on edge. However, Alex Potter, an analyst at Pipper Jaffray, explains that it will be a couple years before the industry understands Tesla's place in the truck market.
Tesla isn't the first company to delve into the idea of electric trucks; Daimler is set to manufacturer a run of Mercedes-Benz urban e-trucks, which will test in Germany first and then other parts of Europe. The trial period will last 12 months, and the company plans to be in full production by 2020.
The idea of an electric semi has been a long time coming, but you'll have to wait a while longer to see them in production, and just until September to learn even more about Tesla's new semi. For the meantime, stay tuned.
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