Tesla Semi Overview Updated March 12, 2019

Tesla Semi

Tesla's upcoming all-electric heavy-duty truck.

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July 2016 - March 2019


‘Tesla Semi’ is an heavy-duty all-electric truck program at Tesla led by Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s former Model S Program Director and VP of Vehicle Engineering. Before joining Tesla, Guillen was an executive at Daimler where he successfully led the development of the Cascadia truck program (picture on the right).

The vehicle was first announced in CEO Elon Musk’s’ ‘Master Plan Part Deux’. Here’s the relevant part of the ‘Master Plan‘:

“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

It was officially unveiled on November 16, 2017. Here are all the details.

Tesla Semi Stories March 12

Tesla is supposed to bring its electric semi truck, the Tesla Semi, to production this year. While we’re still waiting for an update on that, Tesla is bringing a version of the truck to production: a Tesla Semi diecast. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 21

We have been hearing less about Tesla’s electric semi truck program lately, but the company is still testing the vehicle. A recent sighting of a Tesla Semi prototype shows the truck accelerating in a highway on-ramp unlike any other semi truck we’ve ever seen. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 8

Nikola Motors, an electric and hydrogen truck startup, is announcing new all-electric versions of their semi trucks in order to compete with Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 18

It looks like Tesla Semi is being used to move some cargo again and some interesting one this time: an actual Tesla Model X. expand full story

Tesla is partnering with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay to design a new “near zero-emission” distribution facility that will involve a whole fleet of Tesla Semi electric trucks, along with a few other electric vehicles, a charging system, some Tesla energy storage systems and a solar array. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 16

TCI Transportation, a truck leasing company that ordered 50 Tesla Semi electric trucks, got a visit from Tesla today to test drive what they said is a “new electric truck prototype.” expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 14

If Tesla delivers on all the specs that they have been promising since the launch of the Tesla Semi electric truck last year, it is going to be a real problem for the rest of the industry, but industry leader Daimler Truck is still not impressed.

They call Tesla’s electric truck project ‘fun’, but they think Tesla will ‘learn the hard way’ that the trucking industry is a tough one. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 11

Tesla Semi, the automaker’s electric truck division, has received another order ahead of the start of production, which is planned for later this year.

The electric trucks will be used to move goods from Europe to Norway. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 28, 2018

We have only seen two Tesla Semi electric truck prototypes since the launch over a year ago, but it now looks like there might be a third one or at least a modified one as a red Tesla Semi has been spotted in the wild. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 13, 2018

Ever since the launch of the Tesla Semi a year ago, we have usually only seen the same silver electric truck prototype, but now Tesla’s black semi prototype is back and it was spotted charging from 5 Superchargers at once. expand full story

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