Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the company's much-awaited electric semi truck is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled on October 26 in Hawthorne, Calif.. Musk called the vehicle a "beast" and said it is worth seeing in person.

Morgan Stanley analysts recently said the new truck, which might also be able to drive itself and automatically move in platoons, will be the “biggest catalyst” in the trucking industry in decades.

According to Reuters, Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have been engaged in email discussions about running potential road tests with two of the electric car maker’s prototype trucks. The exchange indicates that Tesla is developing and close to testing long-haul, electric semis equipped with self-driving technology.

"To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the states of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle," Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn.

Meanwhile, California DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez told Reuters that Tesla had requested a meeting to discuss the company's efforts with autonomous trucks.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously confirmed at a TED conference that his company planned to unveil a long-range truck in September that can be driven like a sports car and is powerful enough to tow other big rigs up hills. Based on the email exchanges, Reuters now believes this same truck will feature the company’s self-driving technology. (See also: 3 Highlights From Elon Musk's Ted Talk.)

Tesla’s forthcoming meeting with California officials and email exchanges with the state agencies indicate that the electric car manufacturer has made significant strides in its efforts to take the potentially lucrative commercial transport market by storm.

According to Reuters, several Silicon Valley companies, including Uber Technologies and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL) Waymo, are using their autonomous driving technology in long-haul trucks. Tech companies are said to view the commercial transport industry as an ideal platform, given that trucks tend to mainly travel on interstate highways, where they generally can drive at consistent speeds and avoid stop-and-go traffic.

Autonomous technology specialists also believe they can save transport companies a lot of money in the long-run. By using self-driving electric trucks, drivers could feasibly be able to rest more. Moreover, the ability to “platoon,” which involves vehicles automatically following a lead truck, might one day lead to only one driver being needed to transport various trucks of goods. (See also: How the Future of Driverless Trucks Will Disrupt the Global Economy.)

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