Musk: 'The Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill'
During his latest TED talk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shed some light on the upcoming Tesla big rig. Addressing common concerns with an all-electric semi, like a lack of power or range, Musk said “ …with the Tesla Semi, we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi. And if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”
Despite his boasts, Musk was tight with the truck’s specs, but he did mention it was only a single speed and called it “spry.” Musk then said, “it’s quite bizarre, test-driving. When I was driving the test prototype for the first truck — it’s really weird because you’re driving around and you’re just so nimble, and you’re in this giant truck.”
With Tesla’s rig debuting later this year, we’ll find out soon if it lives up to Musk’s claims. If so, this could be a step forward for the trucking industry and could make shipping beer even easier.
Musk also talked about his new venture — the aptly named Boring Company. With this, Musk hopes to build a network of underground tunnels that will ease aboveground traffic congestion. The tunnel system will place cars on an electric skate that will then move the parked cars along a track at 130 mph. Obviously putting together an infrastructure for this idea will take an incredible amount of money.
To hear more about Boring, Tesla and Musk’s other ventures, check out the whole TED talk above. If you want to skip right to the truck talk, jump to 19:35.