Tesla has promised its electric semi-truck and the eventual development of self-driving technology will revolutionize the way freight is delivered. But production snafus with another of the company’s vehicles have delayed the unveiling of the Tesla Semi for the second time in a few months.
Tesla Inc. now says all-electric semi-truck will debut in November. Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted that the delay was caused by the company diverting resources to fix production bottlenecks of Tesla’s new Model 3 sedan, Reuters reported, as well as to producing batteries for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and other storm-damaged areas.
In April, Musk had promised the car maker would reveal plans for a heavy commercial truck in September and produce a pickup truck within two years, per USA Today.
“Team has done an amazing job” on the Tesla Semi, Musk tweeted this spring. “Seriously next level.”
When the unveiling of the semi-truck was pushed back to October, Musk tweeted, “Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal.”
He has said that the new semi-truck would “deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”
The company had sent invitations to the truck’s expected Oct. 26 unveiling in Hawthorne, California to some customers and journalists. But Musk announced the additional delay just days later. He assured investors that the prototype was complete, but that the company had to focus on “other needs” that were greater.
Still, he tweeted, “Semi specs are better than anything I’ve seen reported so far. Semi eng/design team work is aces.”
In August, Reuters reported that Tesla was developing an electric big-rig “day cab” with no sleeper berth. The company said the truck would be capable of traveling 200 to 300 miles with a typical payload without recharging, a sign that the company is targeting the regional hauling market.