A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype is currently traveling in the Midwest as part of the automaker’s test program ahead of the vehicle’s production next year.
Now the truck has been spotted on the side of the road in Missouri apparently broken down to the enjoyment of detractors of Tesla’s electric truck effort, but the company says that it actually wasn’t even “broken down”.
From truck makers to truck drivers, Tesla’s electric truck program has plenty of critics and naysayers.
Just a few weeks ago, Daimler’s head of trucks suggested that if Tesla’s claims about the vehicle were true, they would be “defying the laws of physic.”
Yet, Tesla has two electric truck prototypes currently driving around the US as part of their test program.
CEO Elon Musk is even confident that they could end up beating the specs that naysayers think impossible by the time they are finished with the test program and move to production, which is planned for next year.
But the sighting of one of those prototypes on the side of the road in Missouri today raised some doubts:
It was spotted on the side of I44 highway by many drivers and it quickly made the rounds on the truck driver forums and social media groups.
Most of them were laughing at the electric truck being visibly broken down.
Some of them were just poking fun (left) while others were downright insulting and almost threatening (right):
Here’s the twist: Tesla says that the prototype wasn’t even “broken down” and that they simply stopped to do some tests and make adjustments as part of the test program.
Even though it appeared broken down, some other people were still clearly excited to see the vehicle (turn your volume down a bit before watching):
@teslamotors / @elonmusk I saw one of your 2 trucks coming from St.Louis. I didn’t have time to take a great picture or see it accelerate. My little brother alex (the one screaming) is huge into space and has been to nasa summer camp. He loves what you’re doing. Is there any way I can take a picture with you and him and the truck in the background? . . . . . #tesla #teslasemi #roadtrip #teslalife #teslamodels #electriccar #greenlife #crazy #photography #photo #hype #seanick #spacex #like #snapchat #picture #car #branson #roadtrips #exploreeverything