Unlike Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s Electric Big-Rig Actually Makes Sense – AUTHOR: JACK STEWART: 04.13.17.. 6:11 PM


Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.RINGO H.W. CHIU/AP

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

Once again, Elon Musk has prompted a flurry of speculation with a single tweet. But unlike hyperloop or his ridiculous tunneling idea, this one totally makes sense: an electric big rig.

The busiest man in tech already faces looming deadlines for getting a battery factory up to speed, the Model 3 out the door, and a secret payload (probably a spy satellite) into orbit. So you might think he’d resist adding to his to-do list. Nope. Turns out he’s got a team working on a battery-powered truck he will reveal in September, as part of his master plan to shift the world to sustainable energy.

I hear you chuckling. But this idea is not crazy as you might think. Plans for such a truck, if they truly exist, almost certainly call for batteries alone, because Musk disdains hybrids and range-extended electrics like the Chevrolet Volt. That makes his idea easier to design and build than a conventional car, SUV, or pickup (which Musk also wants to make). It helps that he’s not the first guy to think of this. Nikola Motor Company is pursuing a similar goal.

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