Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the TED 2017 crowd on Friday about the company’s upcoming electric semi truck. He also hinted at four new global Gigafactory locations to be confirmed sometime this year. On stage, Musk gave the audience a sneak peek at his forthcoming semi truck which showed a shadowy image of what the upcoming new model would look like.
While he gave only sparse details, the image of the windshield extends to the upper front view of the vehicle. You could also see that the headlights resemble the ones existing on Tesla cars. The multi-CEO said that it will be a "very spry truck", and drivers can maneuver it "like a sports car".
Elon Musk first talked about Tesla’s “master plan” last July, stressing the need for his electric cars to finally make the next step by entering the trucking market. He said in the 2016 announcement that the first Semi Truck will be designed to deliver a significant reduction in the cost of cargo transport. The company also believed that it can increase the safety of its transportations, and even make it really fun to drive and operate.
According to TechCrunch, the tech giant expects the upcoming vehicle to outperform diesel-powered big rigs, but will not provide a full look at the truck until September. The popular electric car maker had already teased about its commercial trucking venture ambitions since last year. However, its CEO had finally confirmed that a project is in place in early April.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk has also revealed other exciting undergoing projects at the TED 2017 conference. According to Silicon Valley Business Journal, he talked about how there will be four new Gigafactory sites to be announced soon. In addition to the existing Nevada location, and the New York solar technology plant the company is operating with Panasonic, up to four new Gigafactory sites will also be finalized this year.