It's here: Over in the Axios stream, Steve LeVine offers info and analysis on Tesla's prototype electric semi-truck unveiled last night in California.
Buzz: One key takeaway from the ceremony is that the Tesla claims the semi-truck has 500 miles of range per charge – far more than expected.
Musk said the average truck trip is less than 250 miles, which meant that a driver could do a round trip without recharging. Still, Musk said the truck's battery pack, built into the floorboard, can be charged to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.
Costs: Musk did not offer an overall price, but that the cost per mile would be $1.26, compared with $1.51 for a diesel-operated truck. If the semi-truck is operated in a convoy, he said, the efficiencies took the operating cost below $1 a mile, and made them cheaper than moving freight by train.
Big picture: If he is able to deliver the semi-truck as described, it seems likely to shake up the freight market just as he has the car business. Experts expect semi-truck traffic to surge in the coming decades as the global population grows to 9 billion people.
Yes, but: Don't forget that the truck prototype arrives came as Musk is confronting doubts about his ability to pull off arguably his most important project of all — the scale-up of the Model 3, the flagship mainstream-priced electric vehicle that he has touted as Tesla's route to the mass market. Production has ramped up far slower that Tesla initially forecast.