Responses have blended by the established players in the industry as Tesla had jumped into the truck business. The darkened teaser imaged showed a glowing EV lorry with little more than its LED lights piercing through the darkness, but it was the first confirmation that Musk had his sights set on the commercial vehicle market. He initially said back in April of this year the company would unveil the truck in September.
Elon Musk, Tesla's founder, tweeted today (14 September) that the event was "tentatively" scheduled for next month in Hawthorne. He also added saying in real it would be very "unrealistic" to have a glance of this "beast" that's "worth seeing".
A United Kingdom spokeswoman for Tesla confirmed that the event would be the first time it is seen, with no plans to debut the semi truck at any trade shows ahead of this (such as the North American Commercial Vehicle Show later this month).
Musk describes the electric truck as "heavy duty, long range, and semi-truck".
The only report of specifications for the teased Tesla electric truck was that its single battery charge will have it cover a range of anywhere between 200 to 300 miles. Berenberg Bank raised Tesla from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and increased their target price for the stock from $193.00 to $464.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. It has also started production of the Model 3 - the company's lower priced vehicle. A small crossover that will share common architecture with the Model 3 is in development and due to reach the market in about two years.
It's turning into a tough week for Tesla, the battery-carmaker hit with a series of potentially serious setbacks, delays and challenges. And it is going to sell it in 2019 to bus operators and commercial truck-fleets. Toyota integrated its emission-free powertrain into Kenworth cab, which generates more than 670 horsepower from electricity generated by its fuel cell stacks - enough to pull 80,000 pounds.
Get ready to share the road with self-driving trucks powered entirely by batteries. He noted that the flat torque RPM curve of the electric motor could help it seriously out-perform traditional trucks with diesel engines.
Hawthorne, by the way, is a city in California near the Los Angeles airport where Tesla and SpaceX operate large facilities.