Teslas New Big Rig Spotted in the Wild

first_imgStay on target We’ve known that Tesla’s been working on an all-electric semi-truck for some time now. And this is, most likely, the very first look at the transport of the future.The image is of the truck sitting on a trailer, apparently in California. Originally posted to reddit, the picture was quickly taken down and then re-posted it. And… yeah, it looks a lot like image Musk teased earlier this year.Originally, Musk posted a silhouette of the electric truck to twitter. The image showed off the basic outline, with sharp, defined wheel wells protruding out from a narrow body. Looking at the photo of the maybe-Tesla truck out in the wild, there’s definitely a strong resemblance.Given that the truck is expected to see its first public showing later this month, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some movement on this front.Is This the Tesla Semi? https://t.co/x6mI98jIzD #Tesla pic.twitter.com/URdJRAgSLr— Tesla Motors Club (@TeslaMotorsClub) October 3, 2017As with the Model 3, Tesla has a lot riding on its big rigs. The company is banking that it will be able to leapfrog basically every other automaker around to electric vehicle game. As more and more countries begin to push standards away from fossil fuels, there will be a huge demand for alternatives. Tesla hopes that by getting in on the ground floor, it will be able to capitalize on that shift and rocket itself to the top of the industry.As of right now, though, the company’s only manufactured approximately 200,000 vehicles total. Major investments have been made in battery production, though. By next year, Tesla’s “Gigafactory” will be cranking out almost one-half of all the batteries on the planet. Several more facilities have been planned, too, and, together, they’ll make up the vast majority of the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries. At that point, if all goes well, Tesla will have a strong hand in the automobile market and hopes to be able to furiously out-compete its rivals thanks to economies of scale.But, all that assumes the company can fix its pernicious production problems. Some have said the company’s been trying to tackle too much, too fast, adding on new models and variants (like this semi) before it has production mastered. Only time will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more