Elon Musk says Tesla’s electric Semi truck is ready for ‘volume production’ in leaked email

  • The CEO says he wants to ramp up production of Tesla’s electric Semi 
  • Musk didn’t provide a timeframe for when that would happen
  • The push for increased production comes amid increased competition
  • Rivaling company Nikola is making a clean fuel cell truck

Leaked emails suggest Tesla CEO Elon Musk will push to bring the company’s commercial electric Semi truck to ‘volume production.’ 

In an email seen by Reuters, Musk did not specify a timeframe for ramping up production of the Semi, but said that production will begin in Nevada. 

‘Production of the battery and powertrain will take place at Giga Nevada,’ Musk wrote, adding that most of the other work will probably take place in other states, though he didn’t specify where in the email.

According to a leaked email from Elon Musk, Tesla is looking to ramp up the production of its commercial Semi trucks. Pictured: Musk showcasing the company’s electric Semis

Musk has said Tesla is scouting other U.S. states for a site to build a new factory, hinting that Texas could be a candidate. Oklahoma and other states are campaigning for the investment.

When Musk unveiled the prototype of the futuristic, battery-powered Semi in 2017, he said the Class 8 truck would go into production by 2019. 

More recently, he said the Semi would go into volume production by 2021.

The message from Musk coincides with a surge in the share price of rival clean truck maker Nikola. 

Nikola, which makes fuel cell trucks, began trading earlier this month on the NASDAQ after it merged with special purpose acquisition company VectoIQ.

Shares in Nikola have more than doubled in price over the past week as the company’s CEO has taken to Twitter and interviews to promote plans to launch an electric pickup truck to rival Tesla’s forthcoming Cybertruck.

Nikola and CNH Industrial’s IVECO commercial truck operation formed a joint venture to build a battery electric and fuel cell truck line called the Nikola Tre last year. 

IVECO has said orders are strong for the electric version of the truck, due out next year.

Nikola said it had hired a former Tesla executive, Mark Duchesne, to lead its manufacturing and a former Caterpillar executive, Pablo Koziner, to head its hydrogen fueling and battery recharging business.

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