Today’s Pickup: Tesla involves carriers in electric truck design

Good day.

Every time Tesla founder Elon Musk speaks, something newsworthy results. On Tuesday, during the company’s shareholder meeting, Musk updated investors on a number of initiatives and also pushed back against critics of the Tesla Semi electric truck.

“A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy duty long-range truck that is electric. But, we are confident that this can be done,” Musk said.

To be unveiled in September, Musk said that several large trucking companies have been involved in the development of the truck. “We’ve shown it to a number of organizations that buy heavy duty trucks and they all love it,” he said. “They just want to know how many can they buy and how soon.”

Did you know?

Despite all the proclamations of autonomous trucks replacing drivers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5% growth in the number of truck driver jobs by 2024.


“It’s not a mystery, they already know it is going to meet their needs because they …told us what those needs are.”

Elon Musk, Tesla founder, on fleet expectations for the Tesla Semi

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.