Tesla to unveil electric tractor-trailer this fall

Tesla to unveil electric tractor-trailer this fall
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Tesla Inc. is set to unveil an electric tractor-trailer this fall, the company’s top executive announced Thursday.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the reveal was slated for September, tweeting, “Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.”

Musk first teased plans for such a vehicle nearly a year ago. The project was floated in Musk’s second "master plan," which was posted on Tesla’s blog last summer when the semitrailer was still in the early stages of development.

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“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate,” Musk said in his plan.

Musk said the company would eventually expand its inventory to include a compact SUV, a new kind of pickup truck and its affordable Model 3 vehicle. Tesla also plans to offer some sort of ride-hailing service.

“We plan to address most of the consumer market,” he said.