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Musk Turning into Trucking Company Exec?

A recent tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to indicate the electric vehicle manufacturer could soon be hauling its own cars across North America.

Citing pressures to get products to customers as quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible – the business model retail giants like Amazon are built around – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly purchased several car-hauling fleets in order to better move his newly built electric cars to the East coast.

Describing what he has called Tesla’s “delivery logistics hell,” Musk, who recently announced Tesla’s foray into building electric and partly autonomous tractor-trailers, says he’s forgoing the railroads to get his company’s car to market, citing trucking’s much faster delivery times.

As reported by reports Truckinginfo.com, the issue first arose in September, when Musk posted several tweets outlining Tesla’s problems in moving product coast-to-coast. Not surprisingly, word soon came that the company was also building its own car carriers – although it’s not clear if they company was yet using its all-electric Semi tractor in that project.

The move underscores a couple of key points, states Truckinginfo: First, trucking is vastly important to the success of companies today and absolutely cannot be the weak link in the supply chain. However, a capacity crunch is pushing more and more visionaries and technology gurus toward this industry, which is ripe for disruption.

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