The wait for Tesla’s long-awaited heavy-duty truck - the Tesla Semi ends tonight. After more than a decade manufacturing various environmentally friendly vehicles such as electric SUVs and sporty roadsters, Musk’s Tesla has shifted its focus to heavy-duty trucks. 'The Beast' will finally be unveiled at 8pm PT at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California.
The American automaker released a teaser image showing the truck heavily backlit with futuristic angular headlights. Tesla's CEO hyped the event earlier this week via a tweet, “Tesla Semi Truck unveil to be webcast live on Thursday at 8pm! This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension. Just need to find my portal gun ...”.
To recall, Tesla postponed several times the launch date for the truck. Later, the company promised to launch it in September this year but had to again push it back as it was embroiled with the manufacturing problems of its Model 3.
However, while the day has come for Musk to launch the all-electric semi truck, there are a few basic physics related questions regarding the vehicle looming. Semi trucks, which tow large loads for long distances and at high speeds, are by their very nature not ideal candidates for electric power. Likewise, how far will the truck be able to go on a single charge? And when will be it produced?
As much as we don’t know much about the truck yet, it is obvious that it is a significant departure from the company’s focus on core consumer-oriented cars. Nonetheless, the truck is expected to be a fully electric Class 8 vehicle weighing more than 33,000 pounds and boasting of self-driving capabilities.
The company however has not revealed the pricing and performance details. The event is likely to be be broadcast on the YouTube channel and Tesla’s website. It remains to be seen therefore whether Musk's Semi truck will rise to the challenge and deliver.