Tesla introduces their new all-electric truck

(CBS News/Tesla)

Tesla is getting into the big rig business. the electric car maker promises to shake up the 700-billion-dollar trucking industry with the unveiling of its first semi-tractor trailer.

CEO Elon Musk unveiled the all-electric truck at an airport hangar near Los Angeles.

Musk says the truck burns no gas, will never need its brakes replaced, and is capable of traveling 500 miles on an electric charge-even with an 80,000-pound load.

The Tech CEO also says it’s easier and safer to drive. "If you've got 80,000 pounds moving at 65 mph it's a very dangerous thing. Every truck we sell has autopilot as standard,” say Musk.

Government statistics show trucks account for nearly one-quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

Customers can put down a $5,000 deposit to reserve the truck with production beginning in 2019.

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