Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that the unveiling of the company's much-awaited electric semi truck will be webcast live on Thursday. Musk, who has previously called the vehicle a "beast" and "unreal," added that it will blow people's minds. 

In September, Morgan Stanley analysts 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) engaged in email discussions about running potential road tests with two of the electric car maker’s prototype trucks. The exchange indicated that Tesla was 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. 

Reuters also learned from a source that the semi will be able to go 200 to 300 miles on a single charge. (See also: 3 Highlights From Elon Musk's Ted Talk.)

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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