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Tesla has taken hundreds of orders for a new all-electric semi truck that, according to the automaker, it’ll have in production by 2019. With everything else Tesla’s focusing on right now, that’s surely a tall order to fill—but for now, there’s at least this brief sighting in California.


The 7-second clip was uploaded on YouTube last week, and it shows a matte black prototype cruising around the city of Santa Clara.

When Tesla revealed the truck a few months back, the two prototypes it showed off lacked side mirrors—but as you can tell, some have since been installed, almost certainly to make the vehicle legal for testing.

A fun point here is the whoosh of the tractor as it drives past the camera. It really is quiet.

Tesla specced the base trim of the truck to have a 300 mile range, while a costlier version could handle 500 miles. The vehicle has a carbon fiber cab, a centrally-mounted driving position, a 0-60 mph time of five seconds, and comes equipped with Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot suite.


To date, Tesla has taken orders from massive corporations like Walmart and PepsiCo. Optimistic as ever, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk promised a 2019 delivery date for the trucks.

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

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