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Published on April 13th, 2017 | by James Ayre


3 Tesla Unveilings: Model 3 — July, Tesla Semi — Sept, Tesla Pickup — In 18–24 Months (#ElonTweets)

April 13th, 2017 by  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just revealed a number of things on Twitter that will surely be of interest to many of you reading this. … For one, we now know for sure that the “final unveiling” event for the Tesla Model 3 will take place in July — to roughly coincide with the beginning of Model 3 production, seemingly.

So, those who are still on the fence about whether or not to buy a Model 3 should get a better idea of where they stand then. (Though, it of course may also be worth it to wait a while longer to see if there are quality issues with the first units.)

Here’s the tweet on the Model 3 unveiling:

Perhaps more interestingly, though, were the the tweets relating to the expected Tesla pickup truck and Tesla semi truck. Things have apparently been coming along quite well on those fronts. The unveiling event for the Tesla semi truck will apparently be just a couple of months from now, in September:

The situation with the Tesla pickup truck is similar, with an unveiling event tentatively slated for sometime around 18–24 months from now.

Just a rendering from Truck Trend. Don’t hyperventilate.

As a reminder, Steve Hanley points out: “Last July, Musk rolled out his Master Plan Part Deux (extra credit if you know what “Part Deux” refers to). It included objectives like acquiring SolarCity, perfecting Autopilot, and creating a network that will allow Tesla owners to share their cars with others. Then there was this item — expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments. …

“In February, he cranked up the magic Twitter machine once again to say, “Jerome is driving Tesla Semi and doing a great job with his team.” Jerome is  Jerome Guillen, former head of Tesla sales and service. He is now head of the Tesla Semi program. Before joining Tesla, he worked for Daimler Trucks North America on Class 8 truck development and headed up the Cascadia Class 8 truck team.”

For more on these matters, also see:

Tesla Master Plan 2 Covers SolarCity, Robotaxis, Semi Trucks, Transit, Pickup Trucks, Autonomy, Manufacturing, & Sharing…

The Curious Case of Jerome Guillen, Tesla Semi Trucks, & Nikola One

Electric Truck Overview — Electric Light-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, & Heavy-Duty Trucks

As a final note (in response to yet another fan question), Elon revealed that the next-gen Roadster will apparently be a convertible (or be available as a convertible):

That seems a bit strange, since many of us were expecting the next-gen Tesla Roadster to be designed with the track in mind. Or is the idea to make a convertible that still outperforms most other track supercars out there? Who knows at this point?

Related: Tesla Model 3 Test Track Video (#CleanTechnica Exclusive From Unveiling Night, Abridged)

Related: Tesla Model 3 — Exclusive Test Track Photos


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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