Tesla CEO Elon Musk reconfirmed that the automaker's semi truck will be shown off this September in prototype form.
The announcement was made yesterday at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.
According to Musk, a working prototype will be shown in late September.
"...we have shown it to a number of the organizations that buy heavy-duty trucking and they all love it. They just want to know how many can they buy and how soon."
And we are getting them (trucking companies) closely involved in the design process. So the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping to ensure that it is specified to their needs. So it’s not a mystery. They already know that it is going to meet their needs, because they help decide that; they have told us what those needs are, so it’s going to just be questions of scaling of volume to make as many as we can."
In terms of production, Musk commented that the Tesla semi should see scale production within 18 to 24 months. That's a much sooner timeframe than we would've guessed.
As for the unveiling in September, Musk alluded to a little something extra being shown off by stating it's an event you don't want to miss.
"There is a few other things I haven’t mentioned here, I'm going to...I just like, really recommend showing up for the semi-truck unveiling."
Previously, during Tesla’s Q1 conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made it known that the automaker’s upcoming semi truck will employ electric motors that are found in the soon-to-launch Model 3. The actual word from Musk is that the Tesla will use “a bunch” of Model 3 electric motors. Maybe 2, 4, or even 6.
Musk went on the say that the Tesla semi isn’t really as ambitious a project as some might think. Tesla fully intends to use lots of parts in the semi that are found in its other vehicles. This interchangeability helps to drive down costs across the board and to get the truck to market sooner rather than later.
The battery is the biggest question mark right now. But using this interchangeability idea, Tesla could actually be utilizing multiple Model S, X or 3 battery packs in the Tesla semi.
The Tesla semi will be officially unveiled this September, but surely there will be leaks here and there from now ’til then.