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How much does the tractor weigh?
If it weighs more than a regular one,
they may have to transport less stuff
to keep the weight below 80,000 pounds.
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Seems Wally-World has pre-ordered 15 of the EV trucks.

Charging to 80% would take only 30 minutes on a new solar-powered Megacharger network; seems impressive.

Is Musk spreading himself and Tesla too 'thin' with all these projects / products? Or will he become the Howard Hughes of the millennium.

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Supposedly Tesla is at 240 Wh/kg with their latest batteries. That explains how the Roadster can have 200 kWh storage on board and presumably be a somewhat acceptable (not announced) weight. (The batteries would weigh 833 kg - about 1800 lbs - a lot, but not the end of the world). The transport truck's onboard storage wasn't announced, but 600 - 800 kWh seems plausible, and at that rate, the batteries would weigh 3000-3500 kg, 7000-8000 lbs. Bear in mind that it doesn't have a 13 litre diesel engine and the corresponding gearbox and 1000 litre fuel tank on board (and yes, the motors and inverters will weigh something, but nowhere near that much).

The acceleration figures are somewhat telling, also. If it takes 20 seconds to get to 60 mph fully loaded (80,000 lbs total) and 5 seconds with the tractor only, that kinda implies that the tractor weighs 20,000-ish lbs ... which is about what a normal one weighs.

I must say that this is quite impressive if they can pull it off.

And that is what I have concerns about. The Model 3 launch is delayed, which surprises absolutely nobody in the auto industry outside of Tesla. They'll get there, but it's stepping on the same time frame that they will need to build this.
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If Mr. Musk has delay issues with the Model 3, he should focus on that first, than these other projects in the pipeline.....

Within 10 years would end up being when???
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