Tesla has unveiled its first electric truck.
It can travel 500 miles on a single charge.
And it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds while carrying 80,000 lbs.
An auto pilot system will allow them to drive together in a convoy, and follow each other autonomously.
The truck is part of Tesla’s ongoing effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels.
Tesla says the truck will be 17% cheaper to run than diesel-powered trucks, mile-per-mile.
Using solar-powered “megachargers” installed across the country, the company says a 30-minute charge will allow 400 miles of travel.
But the Tesla truck could face hurdles in its mass-market appeal.
There are some 3.5 million truck drivers in America and most drive diesel-powered vehicles, which have a much higher range for the price.
Diesel trucks currently cost an average of $120,000, but the cost of a 300-mile electric truck battery alone is estimated at $200,000.
It’s unclear how much the Tesla truck will cost.
Tesla is not the only company investing in sustainable big-rigs. Navistar, Cummins and Daimler are all busy working on electric trucks and Toyota is working on a hydrogen fuel cell truck.
Walmart and Michigan-based supermarket Meijer have already pre-ordered Tesla’s trucks.
Production is projected to begin in 2019.
Will truckers make the shift?
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