The Tesla Semi is on its way, but it’s been stuck in traffic on the Interstate. Elon Musk now says the new electric and autonomous Class 8 tractor is “tentatively scheduled” for unveiling and test rides on October 26, about a month behind the previously announced schedule.
“Worth seeing this beast in person,” tweeted Musk. “It’s unreal.”
Industry insiders are skeptical that Tesla’s truck will be able to offer highway range without cutting into its payload capacity. However, Musk has assured us that the e-truck will be capable of long hauls, and that the cost of operation will be low enough to make it an attractive replacement for legacy diesel trucks. Naturally, it will also “feel like a sports car.”
Tesla is developing a technology that will allow trucks to travel in “platoons” that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and has had discussions with the Nevada and California DMVs about testing a prototype.
Others are also exploring the concept. Silicon Valley startup Peloton Technology is working with several truck makers, including Volvo, on a platooning system that incorporates radar sensors and direct vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced last month that platoons of self-driving lorries would be trialled on England’s motorways.
Source: The Guardian