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Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's First Electric Truck

The billionaire entrepreneur is bringing green technology to big rigs.
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Elon Musk is the real-life Tony Stark, and he has the vision and wallet to back it up.

The billionaire entrepreneur who made a cameo as himself in Iron Man 2 just unveiled his latest creation: the Tesla Truck.

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One of Musk's Tesla designers recently described the idea for the electric semi-truck to Rolling Stone: "We just thought, 'What do people want? They want reliability. They want the lowest cost. And they want driver comfort,'" Jerome Guillen said. "So we reimagined the truck."

If Musk gets his way, next up is a supersonic electric jet that can take off and land vertically. While that may not come to fruition for some time, Musk's Tesla vehicles are very much a reality. The current range includes the Model S and new $35,000 Model 3 sedans, along with the Model X SUV.

Before Tesla, Musk made his initial fortune after selling his company PayPal to eBay for $180 million (after taxes) in 2002. That's a lot of money, to be sure, but nothing close to the $20 billion that his rocket company SpaceX is reportedly worth today.

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On his own, Musk is reportedly worth between $19.6 billion and $20 billion. That puts the 46-year-old at number 21 on this year's Forbes 400 list. If his past success is an indication of what the future holds, the sky—or in Musk's case, Mars‚ which he wants to colonize—is the limit.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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