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>> Tesla developing an autonomous electric semi truck and is getting closer to testing a prototype. That's according to an exclusive report by Reuters which would mean that CEO Elon Musk is entering a highly competitive arena with tough rivals including Uber and Google's WayMo. And email exchange seen by Reuters says Tesla is in talks with the Nevada DMV to test two prototype trucks in the state.
Reuters correspondent Mark Vartabedian.>> What Tesla also wants to do is they want to operate, test their trucks in Nevada in platoon format, which is an automated formation that allows the trucks to follow one another very closely to reduce drag. Another big thing we found out about this is this Tesla would like to test its vehicles in Nevada without a driver in the cab.
That would be a first in the state of Nevada.>> Earlier this year Musk tweeted that an electric semi truck would be revealed in September but has never mentioned any autonomous driving capabilities. Musk has said that potential customers are eager to get a Tesla electric long haul truck, but there is doubt on whether it can deliver.
>> Electric trucks have already, are already being implemented for short haul uses. The use of them for a long haul trucking that is transport between large swaths of the country, generally thought of over 500 miles. That gets complicated because battery range becomes an issue. And to put a battery inside of a truck that could take it 500 miles or more would have to be massive, and that takes away from precious cargo space.
>> Tesla, whose shares are up almost 70% this year, declined to comment on the news.