This week, Tesla unveiled a video of its somewhat mysterious new prototype on a test track in Fremont, California offering the first official glimpse of its latest prototype truck actually driving. Earlier this month motorists spotted a Tesla Semi actually pulling a trailer and a “sneak peek” of its very stationary truck also surfaced online.
There’s little information available on the prototype beyond this video, but as noted by Electrek, the Semi was slated to be equipped with Tesla’s upcoming 4680 battery pack, so it’s possible we’re getting a preview of some future battery technology as well.
Tesla’s semis have had a fairly long road to production. While Tesla had originally projected a 2019 release, it changed that projection to 2020, which was shifted again to later in 2021. But then, that’s a classic Tesla move.
It’s obviously too early to say whether any of those claims are founded, but if the first step is actually making a production line brand of electric self-driving semi-trucks, then Tesla is certainly making baby steps in the right direction.