We are going to have to wait a little longer to see Tesla’s electric semi truck in all of its glory. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, took to Twitter to announce that the unveiling event was being pushed back to allocate resources to other pressing issues.
Earlier this week, we caught our first glimpse of the semi truck on a flatbed at an undisclosed location in California. It was interesting but not exactly the most detailed of images.
Elon Musk had previously stated that the semi would be unveiled at an event on October 27, but that date has been pushed back to November 16 to work on Model 3 bottleneck issues and continue working on battery production for Puerto Rico and other affected areas.
Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2017
As much as I wanted to see the semi truck, Musk’s reasoning for the delay is completely understandable. Puerto Rico has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Most of the island still doesn’t have electricity. The people of Puerto Rico need Tesla’s help to bring the power grid back online more than we need to see a semi.
Tesla has also been having a difficult time keeping up with Model 3 orders. A few days ago we reported Tesla missed its Model 3 production goal in the third quarter by a whopping 81-percent—managing to make only 260 of an anticipated 1,500 units. The issue stems from “production bottlenecks,” stymieing the production flow.
So far, the only details we know of the semi truck—aside from the leaked image—is that it’ll come with a 200-300 mile range. That’s well below the 1,000-mile range current diesel big rigs can travel. Tesla is also said to include some Autopilot features in the truck. We don’t know much else aside from that. The November 16 should provide some answers to our questions.
We’ll bring you complete coverage of Tesla’s semi-truck during the November 16 announcement event.