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Tesla Trucks in the Works: Elon Musk Announces Plans for a Semi, Pickup

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By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 08:46 AM

Tesla trucks are scheduled to be unveiled by the electric vehicle company in the fall, founder Elon Musk said on Twitter Thursday, setting off a wave of speculation on the internet and throughout the auto industry.

Musk's single tweet got many talking about the future of the company.

"The busiest man in tech already faces looming deadlines for getting a battery factory up to speed, the Model 3 out the door, and a secret payload (probably a spy satellite) into orbit," writes Jack Stewart, a reporter for Wired.

"So you might think he'd resist adding to his to-do list. Nope. Turns out he's got a team working on a battery-powered truck he will reveal in September, as part of his master plan to shift the world to sustainable energy," Stewart added.

The Verge reported that the Tesla semi-truck did not come out of the blue; Musk mentioned such a project, along with a Model X-based Tesla minibus, last year during the company's second quarter earnings report.

"We expect to unveil those for the middle of next year, maybe the next six to nine months type of thing," Musk said at the time, according to The Verge. "And then [we'd] have a better, more fleshed-out plan for when those would enter production."

In Tesla's second "master plan," released last year, Musk wrote that the Tesla Semi will be used for cargo transport, according to CNN.

"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," Musk wrote.

A Tesla representative declined to say whether the new Tesla semi-truck would be self-driving.

Tesla also has plans for a pickup truck within two years, USA Today reported.

Stewart wrote that he believes an electric semi-truck could be a winner for Tesla if it can solve issues with range.

"Semis and the trailers they haul are big enough to hold the ginormous battery pack needed to do the job," Stewart wrote for Wired. "The frame of a semi is essentially a pair of long steel rails, which could easily support a battery pack (which also could go behind the cab)."

"Ditching the internal combustion engine saves more space, and lets you use smaller motors on each axle or even each wheel. Electric motors provide oceans of torque, improving acceleration and pulling power, and slinging the battery and motors between the frame rails lowers the center of gravity, improving handling," he continued.

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