Tesla rolls in electric truck
● 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.