Tesla semi-truck is ready to be unveiled next month; claimed to be offering sportscar handling
American AEV manufacturer Tesla is gearing up to unveil its upcoming semi-truck in September 2017 and it is expected to come with a range around 322 km – 483 km. Tesla’s first semi-truck has been an ambitious project for the Palo Alto based company and few months back the company’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted this truck is “seriously next level”.
Tesla boss also claimed that the design team has done an amazing job with this semi-truck. The company teased the vehicle and now the information about its possible running range surfaces online. The truck is expected to be capable of running around 483 km on a fully charged battery with the regular payload. Also, this will come incorporating autonomous driving technology that will be something relieving the driver from the stress of driving.
As the company teased the upcoming semi-truck, it gets vertically positioned LED lights. However, other details are yet to be revealed. Apart from the semi-truck, Tesla is also working on a pickup truck that is likely to hit the market within two years.
Tesla is not the only automaker developing a pure electric truck as Volvo and Daimler too are working on their electric trucks. Mercedes-Benz has already unveiled its Urban eTruck at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016 and the vehicle is scheduled to go into production this year only. However, it will be built in a limited number only. Powered by a 212 kWh battery pack, the Mercedes-Benz pure electric truck comes with a maximum range of 200 km. In that case, the Tesla semi-truck comes with more powerful powertrain and the extra range gives it an edge over the Mercedes-truck.
Interestingly, as Tesla is working on an electric pickup truck, Mercedes-Benz too is developing a light duty electric truck that would be christened as Fuso eCanter and it is expected to get a range of 100 km.