• Tesla Semi Truck to be Unveiled in September 2017, Pickup Truck in 18-24 Months [News]


    Nikola One concept

    Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced a debut of the Tesla Semi truck for September of 2017.

    (Note: The image of the Nikola One concept semi truck is here because it is a battery/electric concept, similar to what Tesla is working on. Nikola and Tesla are separate companies, although they use the first and las name of one visionary inventor.)

    Tesla is aiming to “significantly reduce the cost of cargo transport” and to “increase safety and fun of operation”. It’s a safe bet that the semi truck will have electric propulsion, although it’s not clear if it will be all-battery, fuel-cell, or generator-based. The safety and fun aspects likely have to do with driving automation. The next generation of Tesla “auto pilot” self-driving system would be a great fit for a highway-bound semi truck. How will Tesla make it fun? We will have to wait and see.

    Elon Musk also specified that a Tesla pickup truck will come later. It will be unveiled 18-24 months from now, according to Musk.

    It’s unknown when the Semi or the pickup truck will reach production and go on sale.

    Here is another wild semi truck concept – a 2,400 horsepower diesel race truck that challenges the Pikes Peak hill climb every year.


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    27 thoughts on “Tesla Semi Truck to be Unveiled in September 2017, Pickup Truck in 18-24 Months [News]

    1. If they plan to run it in this country,better to go diesel electric.Fuel cells won’t be much more than a expensive thing confined to the few fueling stations in socal.Costs way to much to produce hydrogen.

      1. Diesel Electric. There is no reason we don’t have that already. Can you imagine the power AND efficiency AND control!

        1. There’s a huge reason we don’t have series hybrid trucks- the duty cycle of a line haul truck doesn’t benefit much from hybridization, which comes at the detriment of weight and cost. We already have a little Fuso electric truck, which is joined by a test fleet of heavier trucks this year. There are applications suited to electrification, and the Super truck project demonstrated that hybridization can help, but the cost effectiveness isn’t there yet.

          1. Cost effectiveness here is only dependent on our collective will. And our collective will can change. So, yes, nothing is stopping us from making this happen.

    2. I like Tesla. I also think (on paper) that an electric 4wd truck is a great idea. I just don’t know if this will be a success in the market, I know if it looks like the model X with a bed the good ol boy in me is certainly not interested.

    3. Be a success in the market? Its the way all of our vehicles will be.
      Our pickups will all be 1000 hp and at least 30-100 mpg. They will have complete control of each wheel, and much more interior space and much less complexity(except for software). And they will be less expensive. Just like computers get better, smaller and cheaper. So, everybody; Please raise your expectations. That way our families will have the tools they need, rather than the play toys we are so willing to drain our wallets for.

      1. Tesla needs a V8 option to make this truck successful. Little electric motor is probably out of a big wheel LULZ!!!!

        Ok sorry,.. had too,… anywho isn’t GM in a similar proposition for the bus market and trucks on electrics or is theirs more of a hybrid market?

    4. Fun ? Driving all over the country from your family is not fun.

      I think we are way off before we will see full on electric truck. They consume a lot of energy to move a lot of products. Batteries just don’t have that long charge life under a load.

      Ask any fire fighter putting out a electric car fire is very dangerous. This thing here is going to generate a lot of heat that have to expell. Big challenge.

      Then there is weight batteries are not lite.

      This couple of things I can think of off the top of my head. We are long way off on this.

    5. The grill in the front tells me it is still likely to have an internal combustion engine. Fuel source is unknown. Freightliner has a concept that uses the exhaust heat to generate power. I believe it returns around 11 mpg hauling 80K. I think the future is really looking pretty cool and tesla is bringing electric out in a good way.

    6. It will definitely NOT be fuel cell! Elon have been ridiculing Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as: “…extremely silly” and “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb” alternative fuel.”
      April 2, 2017 Benz announced that they would be abandoning fuel cell and accelerating their battery powered cars production by three years. Ford seems to have abandoned the fuel cell idea too no mention of any new development. Leaving probably only Toyota(may be a few others) active in its development, Toyota Mirai Pick-up anybody?

      1. You should search “Nikola Motor”. The rumors of Hydrogen’s death are greatly exaggerated. Musk isn’t right about everything, and if you buy one of his Lithium Mobiles you might want to live close to a service center. Oh, and be sure to keep some of the money you save on gas for a new battery, because all batteries (in 2017) die eventually. A new Tesla Model S battery lists for $20k.

    7. It will be nice for other motorists when semis can haul up steep grades while maintaining the speed limit.

      Also when these things hit the streets and prove themselves, natural selection (economics) will make diesel rigs obsolete. What truck driver is going to pay thousands of dollars in fuel just to compete with the electric truck driver who doesn’t have to?

      1. So,who will pay for the electric to recharge those batteries multiple times a day? Electric isn’t free,especially given the amount needed to recharge.

        1. Tesla has their own charging network. Either it will be included as part of the purchase or it will be only a small percentage of the cost of running a diesel truck. Their margins will be higher and they will be able to transport goods for less than the dinosaur competition. Nice try, but economics wins.

          1. If they figure out how to haul freight for cheaper with a battery set up it will be game over for the diesel truck. There is probably government mandates buried in there so the world does not change to fast and crash. It is said a Trillion dollars of freight comes into Large cities every day. If you can deliver that for cheaper than you will win over all the transportation contracts.

    8. It doesn’t have to be only electric. Diesel electric will be a big step forward. And not hard to do. Come on diesel electric. Bring it on already.

    9. It can’t be electric only that requires charging at a stop. It would need over the road charging. You would have truck drivers at all rest stops recharging all the time and nothing would get delivered. I also don’t think we have a battery technology that could allow a truck to haul 80K at 70mph, let alone long distances. It would have to be fuel/electric.

    10. Another thing that no one talks about.

      How you charge Rd tax on electric truck? That will be interesting to see how that plays out. Some states are already thinking they are loosing out with the electric cars.

    11. If they could give it enough capacity to last for a truckers shift, then electric-only wouldn’t be a big deal. And the charging station network needed would be well-defined.

    12. Im going to make a bet on pure electric. What they will do is apply advancements in battery technology to this to get 300 mile fully loaded range in combination with new supercharging tech that will charge in 20 minutes. Downside will be less range upside will be insanely cheaper fuel and much less maintenance cost more than making up for lost time charging twice as much as fueling up.

      1. A diesel truck at 80,000 lbs GVW will get 7.5 mpg US in today’s world. In 10 years let’s say 10 mpg.
        To go 300 miles it would take 30 gallons of fuel and 5 minutes to fill.
        Electric would need a 1800 kWh battery for the 300 mile trip or 25 times the capacity of a 70 kWh Tesla battery (assume same efficiency at the wheel)
        And that assumes 300 miles is the right number. For any kind of longer haul, try 800 miles of range before refueling. Long haul ain’t happening in the next 10 years – no way, no how.
        Maybe short haul – but very specific applications and very limited in use. If the gubmint puts their thumb on the free enterprise scale, it could happen faster but at a huge cost to someone. Read consumer/taxpayer as the someone.

        1. Yea Danny v I said before we are long way before a full on electric truck. Agree most of what you said. I also stated about the rd taxes that government isn’t getting any with electric truck. That is a huge issue starting to come into play with the electric car. As far as I can tell that states are saying they are loosing money on electric car but I don’t think states government hasn’t figured out how to implement a tax on it yet. The feds have been quite about it and i haven’t herd much from them about how to deal with it. It will be something to watch on how it plays out. With Tesla building all these cars it is coming to a head.
          This also with CNG has been an issue to.

          People will be amazed how much tax is on gallon of fuel. It is anywhere from 40 to 60¢ a gallon (depending on state you live in). That is a big chunk of money that government is not going give up.

    13. I think more people should bear in mind what Musk has done, is doing, and will continue to do with his concepts and products from Tesla, SpaceX and Li Battery production companies, as it relates to the future of transportation, space exploration and powering homes and business for the future. Many people get caught up too much about whether his specific products or ideas are feasible in those markets and/or whether his company(s) will survive the long term. It’s really not all that important to greater society whether Musk’s concepts or companies survive the long term in the whole scheme of things. What is important is how he and his teams’ efforts, and business senses and determinations are forcing those industries; his competitors; to move ahead far and fast just because he has the ability to invest heavily in these projects; market these products; and then actually stay in business building and selling these unlikely products. Now, he’s going to push ahead the over-the-road tractor industry. If he’s able to eventually get even a tiny market share, Kenworth, Volvo, and all the others will have to respond and quickly usher in new technologies, and this will benefit all customers O/O and fleets. Just as Tesla motivated GM to produce the Volt and now the Bolt; the latter is the first electric car at or about the median car price that can travel 200 miles between charges. In fact, the world’s second largest car company’s electric car program would not be even close to where it is if not for the risk Musk took with his first billion, and his ability to make that crazy idea work, and it is likely that our lives will be much different in the future at a much faster pace than it would have been without Musk and the risks he has taken and continues to take in the ventures he and his teams enter.

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