Tesla Semi Overview Updated October 12, 2021

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - October 2021


‘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 October 12

Tesla has been spotted deploying the first Megacharger to charge its upcoming Tesla Semi electric truck at Gigafactory Nevada.

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Tesla Semi Stories October 1

Nikola appears to finally be letting go of its ridiculous $2 billion lawsuit against Tesla. Nikola had claimed that Tesla stole the design for the Tesla Semi.

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Tesla Semi Stories August 13

Tesla made a rare comment about the Tesla Semi electric truck’s weight, which is going to be crucial to the success of the electric truck.

The automaker says that Tesla Semi will be able to transport a payload “at least as high as it would be for a diesel truck.”

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Tesla Semi Stories July 26

Tesla has confirmed that it decided to delay the “launch of the Semi truck program to 2022” over battery cell supply constraints.

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Tesla Semi Stories July 20

After years of delays, Tesla is finally getting closer to the start of production of Tesla Semi, its all-electric semi-truck.

The whole truck industry is watching.

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Tesla Semi Stories May 5

Tesla heavy trucking president, Jerome Guillen, revealed that the automaker will use its mobile service approach to its Tesla Semi electric truck program.

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Tesla Semi Stories April 16

A new Tesla Semi prototype and a new refreshed Model X were spotted on the test track at the Fremont factory in California ahead of the start of production.

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Tesla Semi Stories April 13

Tesla is preparing to support its upcoming new Tesla Semi electric trucks on the route between Fremont Factory and Gigafactory Nevada.

The automaker is going to be its own best customer when it comes to the electric truck.

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Tesla Semi Stories April 12

Tesla is starting to hire for the upcoming launch of its “Semi Service Program,” a service program for the Tesla Semi electric truck.

But the first location for the Tesla Semi service program is an interesting one.

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Tesla Semi Stories April 8

Tesla Semi electric trucks are going to power a log-hauling pilot program in Canada that is aspiring to be the first zero-emissions log trucking operation.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 30

Tesla is building a new Tesla Semi production line at a new building near its Gigafactory Nevada plant, and it plans to produce five electric trucks per week, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has clarified his previous comment about battery cell supply affecting volume production of the Tesla Semi electric truck.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 29

Tesla has secured a new order for 10 Tesla electric semi-trucks and 2 Megachargers with almost $2 million in US government support.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 28

Elon Musk is raising doubts about Tesla’s cell and electric truck production capacity this year in a new comment on Twitter.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 25

PepsiCo says that it is expecting 15 Tesla Semi electric trucks by the end of the year, giving us better insights into Tesla’s plan to produce and deliver the electric truck.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 15

Tesla announced today that Jerome Guillen, president of automotive, will transition to a new role focusing on heavy trucking at the automaker.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 14

Tesla has released a video of its new Tesla Semi electric truck prototype on the test track.

The new prototype is believed to be Tesla’s first vehicle to be equipped with the new 4680 cells.

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Tesla Semi Stories March 9

Tesla was spotted filming a video of one of its new Tesla Semi electric truck prototypes on its test track in the Fremont, California-based factory.

It’s the first time we have seen the new vehicle move on its own power.

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Tesla Semi Stories February 15

Another Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted, the second one in a few weeks after years without a new prototype, as Tesla is moving to volume production later this year.

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Tesla Semi Stories February 12

Elon Musk revealed the expected capacity of Tesla Semi’s battery pack ahead of the start of production, and it is surprisingly smaller than we thought.

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Tesla Semi Stories February 5

We recently reported that Tesla has built a new semi electric truck prototype, maybe the first in three years, ahead of the start of production later this year.

Now we get a closer look at the Tesla Semi, as it was spotted at a truck stop.

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Tesla Semi Stories February 1

A brand-new Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted between Tesla’s Fremont factory and Gigafactory Nevada ahead of the start of production.

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Tesla Semi Stories January 28

Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric semi truck, is ready for production, but CEO Elon Musk says that they need the new 4680 cells to produce any volume.

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Tesla Semi Stories January 25

Tesla has referred to “Semi-Truck production lines” at Gigafactory Nevada in a new job posting – hinting at actual production of the Tesla Semi electric truck at the factory.

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Tesla Semi Stories December 31, 2020

Tesla is now listing a new manufacturing process job at Gigafactory Nevada for the Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric semi truck.

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Tesla Semi Stories November 24, 2020

Elon Musk made new comments about the Tesla Semi program, Tesla’s upcoming electric semi truck, and said that the vehicle will eventually have up to 1,000 km (621 miles) of range.

This new range is going to be achieved, thanks to Tesla’s new in-house battery cells and battery pack technology.

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Tesla Semi Stories November 5, 2020

Tesla (TSLA) has received a massive new order of Tesla Semi electric trucks from a truck-leasing company.

It might be its biggest order for the Tesla Semi program yet.

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Tesla Semi Stories September 29, 2020

Tesla (TSLA) has secured a massive order of 130 Tesla Semi electric trucks from Walmart Canada.

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Tesla Semi Stories September 22, 2020

Tesla brought several prototypes to its Battery Day and Shareholders Meeting event today, including the Roadster, Cybertruck, and more.

We bring you a photo gallery of the vehicles in this point.

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Tesla Semi Stories June 26, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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

Tesla Semi Stories January 27, 2020

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, 2020

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.

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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

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