Tesla CEO Elon Musk says 1000-km-range electric truck possible

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that achieving a range of 500 km to 800 km for an electric truck is 'trivial' with the current battery technology and that this company would be looking to manufacture e-trucks with a range up to 1000 km.

File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (REUTERS)
File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The truck in question is likely to be the Tesla Semi, which the company had announced in 2017 with two versions, a 300 km range one and a 500 km range one.

These range figures are for fully loaded trucks which should have a similar cargo capacity of diesel trucks, barring a possible 1 ton cargo reduction, as per Musk.

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Musk said in an interview that 1000 km ranged e-trucks were not far in the future, owing to Tesla's new 4680 cells and structural battery pack, which, when implemented in the Semi, might increase the truck's range to 1000 km.

Musk confirmed Tesla's intention of testing the 4680 cells and structural battery pack in the e-trucks and that the cell energy density would have to be at close to 300 Wh/kg to achieve the maximum possible range.

First Published Date: 25 Nov 2020, 11:12 AM IST
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