Elon Musk Launches Teslas Electric Truck: Live Coverage

Just a few months ago, Elon Musk pulled off one of the great coups in automotive history, launching the Model 3, the long-range, $35,000 car that will bring Tesla’s electric ambitions to the masses. Since then, Tesla has been on shakier ground. Production problems followed the launch, high-ranking executives have left, and the company faces lawsuits accusing it of gender and racial discrimination. True to form, however, Musk hasn’t let any such grim news keep him from his next great adventure: trucking.

And so we’re here live in Los Angeles, where Musk will soon reveal a new kind of Tesla, an all-electric semitruck. For a company dedicated to making a difference, it’s a good target: Heavy duty vehicles make up just 7 percent of vehicles on US roads, yet account for 20 percent of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also hard to hit. Truck operators don’t buy vehicles for their looks or fancy features. If the Tesla truck doesn’t live up to to their expectations of range and cost, it will flop.

Musk has promised to take the stage at 8 pm Pacific (and he might just make this deadline), and we’ll start our liveblog around 7. In the meantime, check out our rundown of what we expect from tonight’s event. And if you want the deep scoop on Tesla’s newest bid to save the planet from humanity, stick around and join WIRED’s transportation team as we dissect and discuss the Tesla truck.

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