Electric car manufacturer Tesla is seemingly entering the trucking game later this year, according to an announcement by company co-founder Elon Musk on Twitter last week. Musk calls the truck “seriously next level.”
Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017
Musk originally announced the “Tesla Semi” in a blog post last summer, saying the truck “will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”
Tesla isn’t the only company scrambling to produce an electric drive truck, however. Late last year, Nikola unveiled a working prototype of Nikola One, the company’s fully electric, zero-emissions Class 8 truck.
The zero-emissions truck's fully electric drivetrain is powered by high-density lithium batteries. It will be available for monthly full-service lease that costs $5,000 to $7,000.