Tesla is breaking into the trucking industry.
Thursday night, the automaker unveiled its new electric semi- truck, which it plans to release in 2019.
Tesla already faces challenges when it comes to delivering its most affordable vehicle.
With the pomp and circumstance of a big tech unveiling, Elon Musk showed off Tesla's new electric semi-trucks.
Musk says the semi has a 500-mile range on a single charge, and contains many of Tesla's signature features, including the autopilot system.
To meet demand, Tesla says it is building a network of solar-powered "megacharging stations," which need to be ready when the truck becomes available in 2019.
However, the announcement comes as Tesla faces major challenges. It lost a record $619 million last quarter, and has struggled with production.
It is significantly behind on orders for its low-cost sedan, the Model 3, with some customers waiting 18 months or longer for delivery.
C-Net's Tim Stevens attended last night's event, and says production is one of the issues Tesla needs to address.
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