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Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Semi Truck — 8 Questions

November 16th, 2017 by  

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CleanTechnica‘s Kyle Field is in Hawthorne for the Tesla Semi Truck unveiling. He’s getting or got or will get a pre-event briefing, but he’s prohibited from sharing any details or even pictures from the site before Elon takes the stage and the event begins. I’m quite tempted to ask for some info off the record, but I’ll just be patient and wait in line like the rest of you.

Of course, as soon as Elon hits the stage, you can jump over to the CleanTechnica home page for Kyle’s writeup.

With the excitement building, though, I figured I’d have a little fun and toss out big remaining questions and potential answers. Chime in with your thoughts down in the comments or just complete the poll here or here:

Create your own user feedback survey

Simple text if you have problems with the embedded or linked poll:

# of battery packs:

  • One (HUGE) battery pack
  • Two packs
  • Three?
  • Four?
  • Five?
  • 1,000?

Total battery capacity:

  • 100 kWh
  • 200 kWh
  • 300 kWh
  • 400 kWh
  • 500 kWh
  • 1,000 kWh
  • 1 million kWh (please don’t choose this one)

Battery swapping:

  • Yes
  • No
  • It depends
  • What’s battery swapping?


  • 350 kW
  • 500 kW
  • 700 kW
  • 1,000 kW
  • 1 million kW (please don’t choose this one)


  • Full autonomy from go
  • Full autonomy in 2019
  • Full autonomy in 2020
  • Come on — who knows till regulators are on board?
  • Autonomy my coffee, bro-dog

# of companies this puts out of business:

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6+
  • Let’s just count them as they roll

Celebrities who buy a Tesla Semi:

Elon’s secret surprise:

  • A Tesla Semi is on its way to Mars right now
  • He will live in a Tesla Semi until Model 3 production ramps up
  • A Tesla Model Y will roll out of a Tesla Semi on stage
  • 100 Russians will pour out of a Tesla Semi while red, white, and blue fireworks go off
  • A Tesla Semi will drive over 1 million evil weaponized robots on stage
  • Elon’s mom Maye will be getting her hair and makeup done in the cab while the truck drives itself
  • Elon will finally peel off his mask and reveal that he’s genuinely AI


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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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