Tesla to launch new electric truck on November 16, 2017
After much delay and anticipation, electric mobility and tech giant Tesla has officially confirmed that it will launch its electric semi truck on November 16. The new electric truck from Tesla will be launched at the automaker and tech giant’s California facility and is expected to powered by the latest electric battery and motor technology that also powers the likes of Tesla’s other vehicles like the Model S, X and 3. The Tesla semi truck is also anticipated to be very radical in terms of overall design language with a futuristic look that is also extremely aerodynamic in order to reduce wind resistance on highways.
Tesla, in its invite for the event has put out a teaser of the truck that confirms the design when compared to a few spy shots that have been seen on the internet earlier. The cabin sits high and the truck has a wide stance with LED daytime running lights and LED headlights along with orange LED marker lights that are a necessary requirement for large trucks under United States DMV law. The semi-truck as we mentioned earlier, will be aerodynamic with a wraparound windscreen design and a smooth upper canopy.
In terms of range though, we assume the Tesla electric semi truck to have a low range or mid-range hauling capacity and not a long distance hauler as the electric battery range would limit that. The electric semi truck will also be expected to have features like quick charging that will give it access to the electric Superchargers that have been installed by Tesla and are free to use for all Model S and Model X owners but chargeable for the Model 3 owners currently. Elon Musk has said that Tesla worked closely with logistics providers on the design of the truck, and that their input has been useful in creating a vehicle that will resonate with commercial operators. Its range will likely mean that it’s suited only for short or medium haul journeys, but it could manage city-to-port or city-to-city routes in some areas for hauling bigger loads at a cost advantage compared to using fuel.
The other potential feature Tesla could offer in its big rig is some kind of independent driving capability, as it’s been reported that the carmaker held meetings with various DMVs in the U.S. around testing the vehicle on roads. We will not have to wait long to learn more, of course, as the event is coming up next week in Hawthorne, just outside of LA.