The automotive world has been anticipating the long-teased electric semi-truck of Tesla, which was supposed to be unveiled on the 26th of October. However, the company is postponing the launch date to November 16 for a couple of reasons: First, it has to fix some bottlenecks to expedite production of its upcoming Model 3 car. But more importantly, the company is delaying the release of its truck to produce more Powerwall batteries to send to Puerto Rico and other hurricane-devastated areas.
Elon Musk said in a tweet: “Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.”
Shortly after Hurricane Maria waned and reports surfaced that the power grid of Puerto Rico went down, Tesla quietly started sending hundreds of its homestead power bank units along with technicians to install them. The governor of the commonwealth synced up with Elon Musk over Twitter regarding the possibility of Tesla doing more — like possibly help in building new energy infrastructure. Musk did include “other areas” in his tweet, probably including the US Virgin Islands and possibly other locations that are devastated by the damaging hurricanes of this season.