Tesla Semi Overview Updated June 26, 2020

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - June 2020


‘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.

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Tesla Semi Stories June 26

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted being used by the automaker to deliver cars during its end-of-quarter delivery push. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 10

Elon Musk has said that “it is time to bring” Tesla Semi electric trucks to volume production in a memo to all Tesla employees. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 29

Tesla confirmed that the production of the Tesla Semi, its electric semi truck, has been delayed until 2021 — now making the vehicle program two years behind schedule. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 25

Elon Musk says that Tesla “probably can” give an update on the new Roadster and Tesla Semi electric truck later this year. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 23

Lt. General Eric Wesley, head of the US Army’s Futures and Concepts Center, is working on a detailed white paper for the military use of EVs. That will serve as a recommendation for how the Army transitions from internal combustion to electric vehicles. Wesley is inspired by the development of large battery-powered trucks by Tesla and others.

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Tesla Semi Stories April 22

Nikola Motors’ lawsuit over the Tesla Semi design lawsuit is moving forward after their design patents have been upheld despite looking quite weak. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 23

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted coming back from winter testing in Alaska ahead of the start of production. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 24

Tesla is reportedly trying to get approval for electric trucks to get around a Sunday and holiday ban for semi truck travel in Europe, which would give a significant boost to commercial electric trucks, like the Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 19

Electrek has learned that Tesla is now operating a giant new building next to Gigafactory Nevada and we might know what the automaker is going to use it for. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 12

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted outside the US, in Canada to be precise, for the first time. It’s likely to undergo winter testing, as recently announced by Tesla. expand full story

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