Tesla Semi: Elon Musk announces release date for electric truck

TESLA CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the release date of the company's new all-electric truck – dubbed Semi – and is incredibly enthusiastic about the upcoming vehicle.

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Tesla has confirmed it will release a new all-electric truck on October 26th in California

Tesla has confirmed it will release a new all-electric truck on October 26th in Hawthorne, California.

Company CEO Elon Musk has described the upcoming Semi truck as a “beast”.

In a tweet, Musk also described the Semi as “unreal” and confirmed that test drives would be taking place at the launch event in Hawthorne, in October.

Details about the Semi’s performance, range, capacity and design have been kept under wraps – with only one render of the car being released so far.

In the past, electric trucks have struggled to carry the amount of battery power required to ship the huge loads they need to move across the country.

Another issue is range, with most of these vehicles being high milers.

In Germany, one technology company are looking to create a dodgem like charging network positioned above the motorway to give charge to trucks as they drive.

Alternatively, tests of wireless charging roads have also taken place across Europe.

Previously, Musk described the Tesla Semi’s range and capacity saying: “It is a heavy duty, long range, semi-truck.

“So it has the highest weight capability and with long range.

"So essentially it’s meant to alleviate the heavy duty trucking loads.

“And this is something which people do not, today, think is possible.

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Reuters has reported the truck could have a real-world range of between 200 and 300 miles

"They think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range.

“And then with those with the Tesla semi we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi and if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla semi what will tug the diesel semi uphill.”

Reuters has reported the truck could have a real-world range of between 200 and 300 miles after speaking to a source close to the company.

There are also reports that in future a long-range model will become available which will be capable of travelling up to 1,000 miles on a single charge.

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