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Tesla to launch first electric lorry

Tesla to launch first electric lorry

Tesla is set to launch its first electric, self-driving lorry.

The car company plan to unveil the latest model this October according to a tweet by chief executive, Elon Musk, and they plan to break into the commercial market, the Guardian newspaper reports.

Elon wrote on Twitter: "Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne.

"Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal (sic)"

The trucking industry is an interest for Musk's proposed battery-powered heavy-duty lorry which reportedly uses conventional diesel and can travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank.

However, the new battery-powered vehicle has received some criticism by analysts who claim that the truck could have a working range of only 200 to 300 miles meaning it would be more suitable for city transport than motorway haulage.

The plans for the new electric vehicles was announced last year and Musk originally said the release of the semi-truck was set for September.

Tesla is also competing against Alphabet's former Google self-driving systems, called Waymo, as well as Uber's commercial transport research projects.

Recently, the UK government announced that diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned from 2040 in order to tackle air pollution, forcing manufacturers to think of alternate ideas.

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