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Tesla has announced the development of the company’s first all-electric truck is on track, even though it has taken a back seat to the rollout of the ‘Model 3’ passenger vehicle.
Over the weekend, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, said on Twitter that Jerome Guillen – Tesla's Vice President of Programs, who is in charge of the Tesla semi-truck project – is making progress on the project, which had been given a 2017 deadline.
The Model 3, however, remains top priority for the company, he added.
@FredericLambert Yes, but Model 3 is the overwhelming priority— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2017
According to newswire Reuters, Guillen led Daimler's truck program before joining Tesla in 2012. The Mercedes-Benz parent company showed off an all-electric truck designed for urban transport lasy July that can drive 124 miles (200km) on a single charge.
Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel, had pointed out the company’s relevance for the truck market as early as May 2016.
At the International Transport Forum in Germany, he said: "I can’t say too much about the new products and the things we are developing, but from a pure technology point of view, everything that we’ve done on vehicles translates directly into trucks.
“There’s no reason that today you can’t make a very compelling electric truck."