Tesla Semi Overview Updated January 27, 2020

Tesla Semi

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

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131 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - January 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.

Tesla Semi Stories Yesterday

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted being transported on a trailer in California yesterday and it appears to have joined the Tesla Cybertruck in Los Angeles. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 10

Tesla has sent a letter to Tesla Semi reservation holders to update them on its test program for the electric truck, as well as plans to improve it, and a slightly updated timeline. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 21, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

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