Tesla Semi Overview Updated November 15, 2018

Tesla Semi

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

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100 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - November 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 Yesterday

Tesla extended the deadline to order Model 3 and get a delivery by the end of the year in order to get the full federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

CEO Elon Musk says that they achieved that by “acquiring trucking capacity”. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 5

There’s currently a race to bring electric trucks to market and change the economics in the trucking industry while removing its reliance on fossil fuels. Tesla has the most aggressive plan to electrify the market with the Tesla Semi, but Daimler Trucks, one of the largest incumbents, is not worried about it.

The CEO throws some cold water on Tesla’s electric truck project and says that Daimler will come out on top. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 28

Tesla Semi is technically the next vehicle program that the automaker aims to bring to production based on the company’s own timeline.

But now a reservation holder says that they are expecting deliveries in 2020 – a year after Tesla’s targeted start of production. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 19

Tesla has filed a patent application for its own new design of an automatic tire inflation system, which appears to be geared for the Tesla Semi electric truck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 11

Out of all the impressive features of the Tesla Semi, one that hasn’t been talked about much is a drivetrain guaranteed to last 1 million miles.

This a goal that Tesla has had for a long time for its passenger cars too and now Tesla Semi could be clearing a path for it. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 22

Some petrolheads don’t like electric cars because they don’t have the roar of an engine burning fossil fuel. EVs are definitely quieter but they still have a sound and I think some of them are pretty cool.

After watching this new video, now I think the Tesla Semi electric truck prototype accelerating with a trailer is one of the coolest EV sounds yet. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 13

Tesla is currently being sued by Nikola Motors for $2 billion over the design of the Tesla Semi, but the automaker has now obtained its own design patents for the electric truck – significantly weakening Nikola’s case. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 12

Tesla Semi was announced to go into production in 2019 when it was officially unveiled in 2017.

A Tesla investor now says that they were told in a Gigafactory 1 tour that “earnest” production would only start by 2020.

Some media are framing it as a delay, but Tesla says that the plan hasn’t changed. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 7

A Tesla Semi prototype has been driving around the country to apparently visit companies who have reserved the electric truck and as part of its test program.

Now the prototype has been spotted in Salt Lake City. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 6

Tesla Semi is still accumulating orders for its upcoming all-electric truck.

We learn that Walmart, who already ordered a few Tesla Semi trucks last year, added 30 more electric trucks to its order this week. expand full story

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