TESLA: Elon Musk Announces Self-Driving Electric Lorry 'Beast' Will Be Unveiled In October

The big question is: can an electric 'semi truck' replace diesel powerhouses?
Musk made the announcement via Twitter (Photo: OnInnovation)

Humanity may not have reached vehicular advancements like hover boards and flying cars - but something pretty exciting is about to be unveiled.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has revealed that the company is about to reveal its newest invention - an electric lorry which can reportedly drive itself.

Writing in a tweet, Musk said the unveiling - and first test drives - are tentatively scheduled for October 26. They will take place in Hawthorne, California - where Tesla's design studio is based.

He added: "Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal."

Musk tweeted the 'tentative' release date (Photo: Elon Musk Twitter)

Heavy-duty

According to reports, the battery-powered truck can travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel, though there is some cynicism as to whether this will be the case.

Commentators have said the battery technology - which is bigger and heavier than conventional fuels - may not be able to match diesel when it comes to a power source.

But Tesla is targeting the commercial trucking industry with this latest design - and it appears interested in the vehicle.

The reveal is just one of the major projects Tesla is focusing on this year. It has also started production of the Model 3 - the company's lower priced car.

With a price point of $35,000 to $50,000, it will aim to open the brand up to a greater number of consumers.

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