Tesla rolls in elec­tric truck

The Times (South Africa) - - Business -

● Tesla will un­veil its elec­tric Tesla Semitruck to­mor­row in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

It is all part of CEO Elon Musk’s “master plan part deux” in which he vowed to ex­pand the com­pany’s line-up to “cover the ma­jor forms of ter­res­trial trans­port”.

Ex­pect an­other late-night party stocked with friends and fans, po­ten­tial Tesla Semi cus­tomers and trans­port of­fi­cials.

Among the de­tails that will help gauge the Semi’s mar­ket vi­a­bil­ity will be to­tal cost of own­er­ship as mea­sured by cost of en­ergy per kilo­me­tre, range, level of au­ton­omy and in­fra­struc­ture needs.

The switch to electrify rigs — as well as tran­sit buses — has been mov­ing swiftly and Tesla is far from the only player.

The ur­gency is par­tic­u­larly acute in Cal­i­for­nia, where trucks are a big part of the state’s emis­sions pro­file and buses are the pri­mary form of trans­port for many.

Ear­lier this month, the ports of Los An­ge­les and Long Beach ap­proved a plan to en­cour­age the phase-out of diesel trucks in favour of nat­u­ral gas or zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles.

Cal­i­for­nia’s Air Re­sources Board seeks to ac­cel­er­ate the early mar­ket for zero-emis­sion trucks, propos­ing that truck­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers make sure that 2.5% of all Cal­i­for­nia sales are zero-emis­sion start­ing in 2023.

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