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Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico

Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico”

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said the electric carmaker has rescheduled the unveiling of its semi-truck to November 16 as it diverts resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and increase battery production for Puerto Rico and other affected areas.

"There are no fundamental issues with Model 3 production or its supply chain, and we are confident in addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term", Tesla said. Furthermore, Tesla had been showing prototypes to potential customers and one of them confirmed to Electrek that it indeed looks like what Tesla has been showing.

Earlier in the day, Musk said the company will send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out power on the island over two weeks ago.

Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20 as a very unsafe Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour (249 km per hour), cutting off power to all 3.4 million residents on the island.

Musk then responded: "I would be happy to talk". In response to a Tesla customer asking if he would get his vehicle delivered this year, Musk tweeted, "December will be a big month, so probably, but it is impossible to be certain right now".

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello joined the conversation, tweeting to Musk: "Let's talk".

The FCC said that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service in Puerto Rico, while wireless communications companies are deploying temporary sites. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your (Tesla technologies)? "Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful". "PR could be that flagship project".

Tesla and Musk have for years been seeking to push the auto industry to electric to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and more recently have introduced residential and commercial solar batteries which can operate off the electric power grid.



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