The last few weeks have been some of Tesla’s most eventful to date. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced late last week that Tesla plans to unveil a fully electric semi-truck later this year. Musk called the creation “seriously next level” and praised the Tesla team for “an amazing job.” But Elon and his team have a lot more than just a Semi-Tuck planned.
The announcement came just days after Tesla passed both Ford and GM as the most valuable car company in America. Musk also confirmed the electric car company will be unveiling the finalized version and details of its Model 3 in July. When asked about the possibility of a Tesla Pickup, Musk replied, “Pickup truck unveil in 18 to 24 months.” Over Twitter, Musk was asked if there would be any chance for another convertible from the company. Musk confirmed plans for a “Next gen Roadster will be convertible.” All of these plans come as Tesla works towards achieving its Master Plan to work on replacing traditional gas powered vehicles, with fully electric vehicles powered with solar energy. With the Model 3 close to finalization and launch, Solar City and Tesla Powerwalls beginning to sell, and plans to expand with new models of electric cars, Tesla could very well be the future for American vehicles.
Tesla has seemed to hit a stride over the last few weeks, and rival car manufacturers are beginning to panic. Now, Tesla’s sales are a drop in the bucket as compared to Ford or GM, but they are in a prime position to take over the electric car market. If the Model 3 becomes a hit, and these Semi-Trucks can stand on their own two feet, the next two years could be busy for Tesla. The argument that gas stations are more readily available than electric charging stations or Superchargers, is till fair, but by the end of the year that argument may be gone.
Tesla’s plan of attack and time will be the factors to their success. Promises need to be met, technology and updates need to be rolled out, and an unprecedented method needs to be used to beat out the competition in an ever growing market. As it stands now, Tesla is in a prime position to change methods of transportation and get into the history books.