Tesla Delivers First Electric Truck… and Backs into the Spotlight After Twitter Gets Musk’s Attention

Tesla CEO Elon Musk delivered the first heavy-duty truck (semi) of the company Thursday to PepsiCo without providing an updated price forecast for the truck or production plans.

Appearing on stage at an event at the Tesla factory in Nevada, Musk said battery-powered truck will reduce emissions in highway and will outperform existing diesel models in terms of power and safety.

He noted that it had been five years since Tesla announced it was developing the all-electric truck. However, industry insiders remain skeptical that electric trucks can bear the brunt of hauling heavy loads hundreds of miles.

And in Tesla’s first reveal since Musk’s Twitter purchase — a takeover that some investors fear has become a distraction — the company didn’t announce pricing for the Semi, or provide details about expected delivery to PepsiCo or others. other clients.

Tesla said it will begin using the Semi to ship production parts to its Fremont factory, in California.

In 2017, Tesla said the 300-mile version of the Semi would cost $150,000 and the 500-mile version would cost $180,000, but the prices of the Semis have since auto Tesla power plants have risen sharply, according to Reuters.

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