Tesla's Musk announces plans for semi-truck launch

April 13, 2017

Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of Electric carmaker Tesla, announced plans for a semi-truck via Twitter
Tesla founder Elon Musk said Thursday the electric car startup is set to launch its first semi-truck in September, moving for the first time into that segment.

Musk made the announcement in a tweet, offering few details about the plan, although he has spoken in the past about moving into the truck segment.

"Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level," he wrote on Twitter.

The news comes with Tesla stock on an uptrend and the California-based group jockeying for position as the most valuable automotive maker with General Motors, even though Tesla produces far fewer vehicles.

Tesla's rise reflects a belief in the market that it embodies the future of the industry and has a firmer grip than traditional players on technologies that will inject autonomous features into driving.

Tesla last year sold 84,000 cars, generating $7 billion in revenue.

Tesla, which has overtaken Ford in market capitalization, is on track to begin production in July of the Model 3, which is aimed at the middle market, making the electric car accessible to a broader swath of consumers.

Last year, Musk announced that Tesla plans to build a new pickup truck, an urban bus, and launch a sharing system of self-driving cars.

On Thursday, Musk said in response to a Twitter question that the pickup truck would be unveiled "in 18 to 24 months" and that the new roadster in the works would be a convertible.

The projects are part of what the billionaire entrepreneur called a "secret" second master plan for the US electric car manufacturer.

"In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport," Musk wrote last July.

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1 / 5 (6) Apr 13, 2017
Well, here are the fixin's for Rumpy's Electric Ag Vehicle - running gear and power. He may have one sooner than originally thought.

I see it for buses.
1.5 / 5 (8) Apr 14, 2017
There have been years when giants like GE paid no corporate taxes, too. It is why we have such a big Republican National Debt.
1 / 5 (3) Apr 15, 2017
Obama doubled the debt. You and progs like the Boer don't seem to get that. Since American money grows in trees...in China.
2 / 5 (8) Apr 15, 2017
Nope. All of the outstanding National Debt is from tax cuts.

Before Reagan, it was LESS than one trillion dollars. He left it 281% of what was before him. But he made it necessary to hide the costs of his huge military waste, and the Bush Boys had entire wars to hide in it.

The Republicans refused to have the taxes rise on billionaires since they were owned by them, and now the National Debt is completely out of control.

When are you conservatives going to PAY OFF YOUR DEBT?
1.6 / 5 (7) Apr 15, 2017
Back to the real issue here, the announcement by Einride


With at least two reputable and capable companies leading the trend, we have a great chance of actually having clean transportation.
Captain Stumpy
4 / 5 (8) Apr 16, 2017
Nope. All of the outstanding National Debt is from tax cuts.....
blah blah blah off topic bullsh*t blah
When are you conservatives going to PAY OFF YOUR DEBT?
1- OT and irrelevant to the Tesla announcement

2- why do you keep repeating this? who are you trying to convince? you?

3- https://upload.wi...nate.png

per your own request ....
1 / 5 (6) Apr 16, 2017
Your post is irrelevant to the issue at hand. Please keep your maladjustment to yourself.

Meanwhile, our buddy Musk may give you that electric manure-hauler.

I'm waiting for his or another brand of storage.
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 16, 2017
we have a great chance of actually having clean transportation.
"Are electric cars greener than conventional gasoline cars? If so, how much greener? What about the CO2 emissions produced during electric cars' production? And where does the electricity that powers electric cars come from? Environmental economist Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, examines how environmentally friendly electric cars really are."
"Electric Car Subsidies Transferring Wealth From the Poor to the Rich"
2 / 5 (8) Apr 16, 2017
Whine away, Willie.

My car is charging off the PV right now.
1.8 / 5 (5) Apr 17, 2017
We need this, . . now.

"Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers"

3.7 / 5 (6) Apr 17, 2017
Whine away, Willie.

My car is charging off the PV right now.
What, you mean those black rectangles you painted on your roof? Does your car run on heat gain then?

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