Tesla’s Long Haul Electric Semi-Truck to Come Sooner than Expected
Tesla Inc is in motion to develop a long haul electric semi-truck which can drive itself. The company is in the process of testing a prototype that can drive itself and will be able to move in ‘platoons’ formation, which automatically follow the lead vehicle.
This information came out of an email thread that has been seen by Reuters. It discussed possible road tests between Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles with Tesla.
The correspondence points to the plans of Tesla to put its self-drive technology into the electric truck, which the company is likely to unveil in September and hence, is pursuing the real-life tests to ensure healthy competition in the field with Uber Technologies Inc and Waymo.
Musk had announced his intentions a year back regarding his plans to produce a heavy duty electric truck. The announcement was further corroborated by Musk’s tweet in April, which said that it’ll be unveiled in September.
Although Musk has a good history of doing what he’s said, there is still a lot of skepticism if the company will be able to deliver or not.
A lot of truck manufacturing startups and established trucking companies have been pouring their resources into creating localized package delivery fleets, however, due to battery range limitations, the industry has been hesitant about long haul electric trucks.
Several Silicon Valley companies such as Waymo, Uber Technologies, Tesla, etc. are working to develop autonomous driving technology for long-haul trucks. There seems to be a race amongst the companies to get the first mover advantage, and it seems, Tesla is about to take the lead.