Musk says Tesla Semi will out­mus­cle diesel truck

“We want to show that an elec­tric truck ac­tu­ally can out-torque any diesel semi”

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Tesla founder teased the Septem­ber event in true ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer style

WHILE THE IM­PEND­ING un­veil­ing of the Tesla Semi Truck is far from the only thing on Tesla founder Elon Musk’s mind, he teased the Septem­ber event in true ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer style.

Musk used this year’s TED ( Tech­nol­ogy, En­ter­tain­ment, De­sign) talks event in Canada’s Van­cou­ver to show a sil­hou­et­ted im­age of the prime mover and to make some pointed claims about the power of its elec­tric propul­sion.

“With the Tesla Semi, we want to show that an elec­tric truck ac­tu­ally can out- torque any diesel semi. If you had a tug of war com­pe­ti­tion, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi up­hill,” Musk is quoted by the TED me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion as say­ing.

Musk also re­port­edly de­scribed its han­dling as be­ing “nim­ble”, “spry” and “like a sports car”, and to confi rm that, like his com­pany’s cars, the Semi would have only one for­ward gear.

Though left un­ad­dressed at TED, Tesla’s strong push into au­ton­o­mous driv­ing is ex­pected refl ect in its Semi driv­ing set- up.

How­ever, Musk did in­di­cate Tesla had moved on from early set­backs for its sys­tems in cars, promis­ing to com­plete a fully au­ton­o­mous cross­ing of the US from west to east by the end of the year.

He also spoke of his new ur­ban tun­nelling ven­ture, The Bor­ing Com­pany, again with cars in mind, that would cut the cost of build­ing such routes through small while al­low­ing cars to travel at speed of 200km/h on elec­tric ‘car skates’.

The lat­est on the Tesla Semi came just a cou­ple of weeks aft er he set the month – Septem­ber – for its de­but.

Elon Musk

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