We’re getting closer to the debut of the Tesla Semi truck. Elon Musk tweeted a date and place for a reveal of the much-anticipated vehicle, and also said, “Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal.” The all-electric semi truck is set to debut on October 26 in Hawthorne, California – and it will reportedly will have a range of 200 to 300 miles.
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
Musk is keeping us in suspense: he didn’t give out many other details, and there’s no invite on the Tesla website. Last year, in his Master Plan, Part Deux, Musk hinted Tesla was working on a heavy-duty truck, saying, “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.” He also said the semi should be ready to unveil the following year.
Musk hasn’t stayed quiet about the Tesla Semi since then. He initially said back in April of this year the company would unveil the truck in September. He gave a TED talk not too long after, with a teaser picture of the semi. In the talk he said the heavy-duty truck would basically be single speed, lacking any gears. He said of the semi, “This is something which people do not today think is possible. They think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range, and then with the Tesla Semi we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi. And if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”
Musk apparently has already taken the semi truck for a joyride in the parking lot, and said in the TED talk, “You can drive this around like a sports car.”
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