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Hyperdrive Daily: Tesla’s Semi Lacks Batteries, Loses Its Champion

Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Semi truck in 2017.

Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Semi truck in 2017.

Photographer: Veronique Dupont/AFP via Getty Images

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In November 2017, Tesla unveiled its all-electric Semi truck at a late-night event near Los Angeles. It was a realization of the updated master plan CEO Elon Musk drafted a year earlier, in which he vowed to extend the company’s lineup to “cover the major forms of terrestrial transport.”