Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Tesla's electric big rig spotted in the wild

This definitely isn't like the semis you remember.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 3, 2017
Share
Tweet
Share
Reddit

Sponsored Links

Who said you had to wait until October 26th to see Tesla's electric big rig? A succession of Reddit users have posted and reposted a photo that appears to show Tesla's semi truck sitting on a flatbed. And to no one's surprise, this isn't the Smokey and the Bandit-style truck of yore -- it's all swooping curves, complete with an expansive cockpit window. You can also see the vehicle's detached fairing off to the left.

The exact feature set of the truck is still somewhat mysterious, but there have been clues. It's expected to have a range of between 200 to 300 miles, so it'll be focused more on short hops than across-country hauls. And it's no surprise that Elon Musk likes the idea of autonomous trucks, so it's reasonable to see a more truck-oriented take on Autopilot that might include platooning when there's a multi-truck convoy.

The one thing for certain is that Tesla will have competition: more established brands like Cummins have already unveiled their own electric semis. Musk and company will have to show how their design stands out, and it's safe to say that it can't remain a prototype for long if Tesla wants to beat its challengers to market.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Amazon has eliminated single-use plastic at its Indian fulfilment centers

Amazon has eliminated single-use plastic at its Indian fulfilment centers

View
Ubisoft is giving away 'Watch Dogs 2' on PC this weekend

Ubisoft is giving away 'Watch Dogs 2' on PC this weekend

View
Facebook is shutting down its Pinterest-like experimental app

Facebook is shutting down its Pinterest-like experimental app

View
The best laptops to use for schoolwork and gaming

The best laptops to use for schoolwork and gaming

View
LG's $1,300 sound bar is made to match the new GX series OLEDs

LG's $1,300 sound bar is made to match the new GX series OLEDs

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr