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.