Elon Musk: Semi-Truck Reveal And Test Ride Set For October 26th
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the date for his company’s reveal of its all-electric semi-truck.
And while most assumed it would debut in about two weeks time…because Musk said so, in reality the date has been pushed back to later next month.
“Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne”
We had anticipated the truck’s reveal on September 28th, 2017, as it was listed as part of the Model S/X referral prizes announced last May, and also via a tweet in April:
“5 Qualifying Referrals: Tesla Semi Truck Unveil Invitation
Experience the official unveil of our semi truck on September 28, 2017. Your VIP invitation is valid for you and one guest.”
Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017
Why the delay? Who knows.
Nevertheless, the new date has now been set via Tesla’s official announcement channel – Elon Musk’s Twitter:
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
Recent speculation (via Reuters) has pointed to the semi having 200-300 miles of range, with Tesla targeting the very low end of “long-haul”, without a sleeper berth.
The Reuters report stated:
“Tesla’s electric prototype will be capable of traveling the low end of what transportation veterans consider to be “long-haul” trucking, according to Scott Perry, an executive at Miami-based fleet operator Ryder System Inc (R.N). Perry said he met with Tesla officials earlier this year to discuss the technology at the automaker’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California.”
“Perry said Tesla’s efforts are centered on an electric big-rig known as a “day cab” with no sleeper berth, capable of traveling about 200 to 300 miles with a typical payload before recharging.”
As for when we could see the truck in production, CEO Musk stated this Summer that the Tesla semi could see scale production within 18 to 24 months.
In May, Musk weighed in on the Semi-Truck project (and partnering with another manufacturer to get it done) to Consumer Edge Research analyst James Albertine:
“No, we will manufacture that ourselves. Most of that semi is actually made out of Model 3 parts by the way. It’s actually using a bunch of Model 3 motors, without revealing too much about the future of it, so we are able to use a very high volume vehicle, and then combine several motors to have (pause) I think it’s actually going to have a very good gross margin like…not something that the other…it’s like you can’t do that with a traditional truck. So effectively (the Semi-Truck) was just a very compelling product that has low unit cost.”