Tesla’s electric big rig, the Semi, is tipped for a formal reveal in late October according to Elon Musk
Tesla’s long-awaited Semi Truck now has a tentative date for its official unveiling.
In trademark style, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to make the announcement yesterday, confirming that it is currently slated for October 26 in Hawthorne, California.
Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 13, 2017
New rumours around the “unreal beast” have been circulating for a few weeks. In particular, a report from Reuters suggested that the vehicle’s range will be in the region of 200-300 miles, and will be configured in a so-called “day-cab” layout (i.e. without the sleeping area found in longer-haul rigs). The new agency cited an executive with fleet operator Ryder System, which had been in discussions over the supply of vehicles from Tesla.
However, the company declined to comment further, telling Reuters only that: “Tesla’s policy is to always decline to comment on speculation, whether true or untrue, as doing so would be silly. Silly!”
Another report in early August said that the Semi would also use self-driving technology – presumably a version or variation of the company’s flagship Autopilot software.
Expectations for the Semi are high, not least because of the claims made by Musk himself. In an April interview he explained:
“This is something that people do not today think is possible, they think the truck does not have enough power or range. With the Tesla Semi, we want to show that an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi. If you had a tug of war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill… This will be a very spry truck, you could drive this around like a sports car. There’s no gears, it’s like a single speed.”
Meanwhile, Tesla also voiced its intention to expand city-centre Supercharger infrastructure. In a blog post the company said it would begin in downtown Chicago and Boston, in convenient locations including “supermarkets, shopping centres and downtown districts.”
To smooth out charging in high volumes, it also confirmed that these urban points would be rated to a lower 72kW, rather than the 135kW standard across its other sites.
“This means charging speeds are unaffected by Tesla vehicles plugging into adjacent Superchargers, and results in consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes for most drivers,” Tesla said.