Tesla Semi Overview Updated July 19, 2018

Tesla Semi

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

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81 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - July 2018


‘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 July 19

We haven’t seen much of the two known Tesla Semi prototypes in recent months after they got really busy during the test program earlier this year.

Now one of the Tesla Semi prototypes showed up at Fremont factory and made a big splash with employees. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 21

The first Tesla Semi prototypes, the automaker’s electric truck, are currently in their test program ahead of production.

This week, Tesla released some rare footage of the vehicle undergoing testing.  expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 7

Daimler, one of the world’s largest truck maker, has been feeling the pressure from Tesla’s electric truck – going as far as saying that they have “passed them by” if the claims Tesla is making about its electric semi truck are true.

Now the German truck manufacturer is answering back with the launch of its own electric truck group along with the unveiling of two more electric trucks, including an electric version of their Cascadia to compete with Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories May 23

Tesla Semi electric truck prototypes are currently undergoing testing ahead of the planned launch next year, but after being spotted regularly for weeks, the prototypes were nowhere to be seen for over a month.

Now one of the two known Tesla Semi prototypes has been spotted back on the road today. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories May 2

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on one our articles about the Tesla Semi. He said that he is “feeling optimistic about beating the Semi specs announced at the unveiling” last year.

Musk added today that he now expects the production version of Tesla Semi electric truck to have closer to 600 miles of range on single charge as the company is getting more insight as the vehicle is currently going through its test program. expand full story

Tesla’s claims about its electric truck have created some disbelief in the truck industry. Some simply don’t believe Tesla can deliver what they claim, while others are trying to compete with their own trucks, like Daimler with the E-FUSO Vision ONE and Cummins with its own prototype.

Now, Peterbilt becomes the latest truck maker with an all-electric class 8 truck program to compete with Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 23

Months after the unveiling and official launch of its ‘Tesla Semi’ electric truck program, the company is still accumulating orders for the vehicle a year ahead of production.

It has now received another order for Earth Day. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 6

You might one day be able to rent or lease the Tesla Semi electric truck since the automaker has secured a large order of 50 electric trucks from a major truck renting and leasing company in California. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 2

After their first official zero-emission cargo run last month, one of Tesla’s two electric semi truck prototypes set out on a trip around the country.

Now, both prototypes have been spotted back in California doing runs with trailers again. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 26

FedEx is adding itself to the increasingly long list of companies ordering Tesla Semi electric trucks in order to replace their diesel trucks in their ‘FedEx Freight’ fleet. expand full story

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