Tesla Semi Truck Teased, Promises To Out Torque Any Diesel Semi

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed the first teaser image of the company’s upcoming semi truck during a TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada.

Video of the talk hasn’t been posted but pictures from the event suggest the semi will be relatively aerodynamic and feature vertical LED headlights.

That’s not much to go on but Musk hinted the truck will “out-torque any diesel semi” and be agile “like a sports car.” The outspoken executive also said “If you had a tug of war competition, the Tesla semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”

Details are still limited at this point but the semi will be unveiled in September and promises to significantly reduce the costs of shipping cargo. Tesla has previously stated the truck will be safer than traditional semis and be fun to drive.

Besides talking about the semi, Musk revealed the company is planning on driving a Tesla across the United States in fully autonomous mode. As he explained by “November or December of this year, we should be able to go from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York, no controls touched at any point during the entire journey.”

  • BGM

    An electric semi truck. It will be able to tow an empty trailer for 5 miles before it runs out of juice. But, hey, it will be aerodynamic and have vertical LED headlights!! And it will be *agile like a sports car*, something that big rig drivers have been clamoring for since ever.

    I look forward to the first Tesla electric airplane. Just waitin’…

    • Hein

      On no…How could they not even think about range of the vehicle. Whatever will they do when they find out that after spending millions of dollars in research and development, all it can do is 5 miles before it runs out of juice? What geniuses Tesla must be employing to not even think about their semi’s batteries running out of juice after just 5 miles.

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      • benT

        terd in bucket

  • Jason Miller

    Yeah the big questions here are how far can it go loaded, and how long does it take to recharge.

    • Hein

      Find out in September when they unveil the thing. This is just a teaser image from the TED interview. I have no idea on the range of the vehicle. However, as far as charging is concerned. A while back they showed off a system where a car would come into a location, and have their depleted battery replaced with a fully charged battery. It was all automated, requiring no people. On a second screen they had a guy pull to a pump station and fill his car. The battery replacement was quicker. I suspect they may employ this for truckers. However, this is all speculation on my part. Let’s see what they show in September.

  • Big Black Duck

    Most of the Tesla haters here will bring up range issues…like they somehow Tesla would miss that whole criteria while building a truck…come on guys…be a little more pragmatic..

    • gary4205

      Tesla built a car with two completely different kinds of doors on it. One set so complicated they routinely fail, and always make parking the car, and using said gimmicky doors, a challenge.

      Tesla has earned every bit of scorn that heads it’s way, and then some!

      • Hein

        The fact that gary has no idea about the operation of the doors and the fact that having the “gimmicky” doors actually makes parking in tight spaces easier should make it clear, he has no idea about anything.

  • gary4205

    More vaporware.