Tesla is wasting no time in getting the show on the road — in both the literal and figurative sense, when it comes to its new semi truck.

Company head Elon Musk posted a photo to his Instagram of two Tesla Semis about to set off on their first ever run as actual, working trucks, not just prototypes.

“First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California,” Musk writes in the photo caption.

It’s not surprising that the trucks’ first route is between Tesla’s car factory in the Bay Area and its Gigafactory for battery production just east of Reno, Nevada. Eagle-eyed Tesla spotters had captured video of a Tesla Semi silently rolling on the highway outside Sacramento — about midway between those two points — just last week.

Significantly, this is the first time since the Semi’s unveiling last November that we have seen the truck with a trailer attached. All sightings of road tests had been of just the Semi by itself. The roughly 258-mile journey between the two factories should be well within the truck’s range, even with the weight of a trailer loaded with batteries, as its range is 300 or 500 miles on a single charge depending on the specific model.

Tesla executive Jerome Guillen had indicated last year that the company would look to its own trucks to relieve delivery strains between its two factories. Wednesday’s cargo trip was unannounced — and not necessarily expected quite so soon after the unveiling, considering production on the Semi isn’t expected to begin until 2019 — so it’s not yet clear whether this represents the start of regularly scheduled deliveries or what is essentially a more elaborate real-world test.

So far, Tesla has taken preorders from Pepsi, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Noway’s Posten Norge mail serfvice, DHL, UPS, Sysco, Meijer, Ryder, JB Hunt, Asko, and others, for the Tesla Semi. The Tesla Semi price will be between $150,000-$180,000 depending on the model, with a range of 300 or 500 miles.

Either way, it’s the latest indication that Musk and his companies — both SpaceX with Falcon Heavy and now Tesla with its Semi — are moving as fast as they can toward the future. Neither company is perfect: Tesla is still struggling to get Model 3 production ramped up, and Falcon Heavy itself saw years of delays before last month’s launch. But it’s moments like this that make a very different future feel closer than ever.


The most fun thing about betting on sports — besides winning in the final seconds — is placing a prop bet. There’s nothing a weird and wild wager to take the edge off a more serious, analytical prediction. Regular gambling enthusiasts will often describe prop bets as having “juiced” odds, in that they are long — too long, some say — to be worth it. Sure, proposition bets have longer odds, but the payouts are higher, making them enticing to both bettors and bookies.

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A major new Tesla Autopilot update is almost here. Version nine of the electric car firm’s semi-autonomous driving system will be the first to start enabling full autonomy features, with eventual point-to-point full driving a long-term goal for CEO Elon Musk. The new Autopilot, set to roll out as an over-the-air update, is a big step in this goal.

Tesla’s fully-autonomous driving system is coming soon. On Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk claimed on Twitter that the company could complete a cross-country self-driving car trip with the next major update to the Autopilot semi-autonomous system, a big step forward in the plan to enable the feature for cars using the latest suite of cameras and sensors.

Tesla wants to speed up electric car repairs to bring turnaround times to just 24 hours, in a bid to resolve one of its biggest issues yet. CEO Elon Musk stated on Sunday that the company is in “delivery logistics hell,” following the “production hell” that resulted from last year’s Model 3 introduction and subsequent expansion.