Tesla Semi Overview Updated November 21, 2019

Tesla Semi

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

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129 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - November 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 Today

A new patent shows that Tesla designed its own semi-truck seat suspension for the Tesla Semi, which is equipped with a large centered seat. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 13

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tesla should be flattered that Neuron EV, a Chinese-backed EV startup, copied the design of the Tesla Semi for their own electric semi-truck.

They have also made an electric pickup to ride the hype of the Tesla Cybertruck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 23

After delaying the production of Tesla Semi by a year, Tesla has now announced that it plans to start production of its electric semi-truck with “limited volumes” in 2020 expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 11

Deadmau5, a DJ and music producer, announced that he is getting a Tesla Semi electric truck to turn into a mobile music studio for his 2021 tour. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 4

Fifteen Tesla Semi electric trucks are going to replace all of PepsiCo’s existing diesel-powered freight equipment with “zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE)” trucks and equipment at its Frito-Lay Modesto, California, manufacturing site. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 21

A Tesla Semi prototype made a rare appearance at Pixar’s headquarters – along with several other electric vehicles. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 15

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted doing some range tests with an almost full load of 75,000 lbs, and the test driver said that it was meeting or even “exceeding” range expectations. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories July 29

As Tesla is preparing to launch its ‘Tesla Semi’ electric truck next year, some are starting to imagine other possible applications than freight transport, like a Tesla Semi electric motorhome. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories July 12

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted driving down the highway in California and some are speculating that there wasn’t a driver at the wheel. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories July 10

Tesla and a few other companies are currently competing to push their own >1 MW high-power charging standard for electric trucks within CharIN, an industry association behind the CCS standard. expand full story

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