The $3.6 billion investment, which also includes a new battery factory, presents a challenge to traditional truck makers that have been slow to sell electric vehicles.
Tesla will build a factory in northern Nevada that will manufacture electric semi trucks, the company said Tuesday, putting pressure on traditional truck makers like Daimler and Volvo that are just beginning to sell battery-powered vehicles.
The factory, along with a new battery plant, will add 3,000 employees at an existing Tesla facility east of Reno. Tesla said it would invest $3.6 billion in the truck plant and the new factory to build the company’s most advanced battery cells.
The construction of a factory signals that Tesla is serious about the semi truck, which it unveiled in 2017 but has so far built in limited numbers. In December, Tesla delivered a few of the trucks to PepsiCo, its first customer.
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