Brace yourselves. The Tesla semitruck is coming sooner than you thought.
Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that the new Tesla semitruck is scheduled to launch on Oct. 26.
Musk called the truck “unreal” and a “beast” in an announcement tweet.
Details on the semitruck: Few details are known about the truck, except that Musk previously said it could be autonomous (a self-driving vehicle), according to Mashable. In fact, the car might drive in platoons, “where a group of trucks follows a lead vehicle,” Mashable explained.
Reuters first reported on the new truck back in August, saying that Tesla plans to test the semitruck on Nevada roads.
Reuters received two emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV about the potential truck.
"To ensure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the states of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle," Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn, according to Reuters.
Why it matters now: The self-driving truck comes as truck drivers are caught in the midst of a legal battle over self-driving cars, Axios reported. Republicans and Democrats are looking to pass legislation on self-driving cars, but both sides are worried about how these vehicles will impact people’s jobs, specifically those which rely on vehicles, like truck drivers.
Democrats worry the vehicles will take away people’s jobs, while Republicans want to speed up production, according to Axios.
Would it hurt Utah?: Potentially. Earlier this year, Axios put together a map that showed which states would lose the most jobs from self-driving trucks.
Duchesne, Uintah and Sevier counties would be the most directly affected in Utah. Per 100k jobs, Duchesne has 110.7 jobs, Sevier has 128.4 at risk, and Uintah has 53.92 jobs at stake.