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posted by janrinok on Wednesday February 08 2017, @02:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the keep-on-truckin' dept.

Submitted via IRC for AndyTheAbsurd

When Elon Musk released his' Master Plan Part 2' for Tesla last year, he surprised a lot of people in the industry when he announced that the automaker will soon venture in the semi-truck business.

[...] Musk announced several new vehicle programs when he released his' Master Plan Part 2': a minibus, a pickup truck, and a semi truck. Those were added to the already known Model 3 and Model Y programs.

Since Tesla already has over 400,000 reservations for the Model 3, Musk is emphasizing that the automaker is focusing its resources on the vehicle before going into those new programs.

When questioned about Tesla losing its focus after the announcement that they are already working on the new vehicles last year, Musk said that "early development work" is not taking a lot of resources away from Model 3. Tooling and getting to production is where things get expensive.

Based on Musk's comment, we would expect Tesla Semi to still be in "early development work" as the company is still working on bringing the Model 3 to production in the coming months.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 08 2017, @03:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 08 2017, @03:10PM (#464549)

    > ... electricity in the form of a three prong plug.

    Don't think you are going to get this from any light truck or car. They ride on rubber tires with little or no conductivity (just enough to dissipate some static charge) so I don't see how you expect to get a proper ground (earth in UK) for the third prong. The old dangling chain must be pretty intermittent(grin). Maybe through special motorhome leveling jacks?

    Sorry to disappoint but you may have to settle for double-insulated, two prong tools.

  • (Score: 1) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Wednesday February 08 2017, @09:04PM

    by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Wednesday February 08 2017, @09:04PM (#464765)

    A floating supply can serve the same safety function as a grounded supply.

    What is important is that if the case gets energized, no current will flow through your body if you accidentally touch it.