Tesla Semi Overview Updated October 10, 2017

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - October 2017


‘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).

Like most of the upcoming Tesla vehicles announced in Musk’s’ ‘Master Plan Part Deux’, not much is known about the vehicle. 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.”

Musk referred to the same timeline for unveiling and production as the other vehicles confirmed in his ‘Master Plan’: an unveiling of the concept in “6 to 9 months”, which should mean in early to mid-2017. It is expected to be in production within the next 3 to 4 years (2019-2020).

Tesla Semi Stories October 10

A few days ago, we got a tip that a test mule for the Tesla Semi program was spotted on video (embedded below) in the wild.

While it’s not confirmed if it’s indeed a Tesla test vehicle, it looks likely and regardless, the truck does appear to be electric, which is interesting on its own. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 7

After CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is delaying the unveiling of Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric truck, Tesla clarified that they have already completed the prototype.

Musk also gave some color on the specs of the vehicle without confirming any detail. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 3

On October 26th, Tesla is set to unveil an all-electric truck which will surely shake up the trucking industry.   Details on the truck are light so far, and all we’ve seen from Tesla officially is one teaser photo.  The event is right around the corner however, as yesterday Tesla sent out a “save the date” email to owners who have reached 5 referrals.

So despite having few details, today we’ve seen our best tip yet.  On reddit, a user posted a photo which we can’t quite confirm the source of, but is reportedly from “an undisclosed place in California where they test Tesla vehicles.”  While we can’t see any logos or other confirmation that this is the actual Tesla truck, it certainly looks like it – the headlights and fenders match up, the nose looks like it doesn’t have an engine in it, and the angle of the windshield looks similar to the teaser photo.

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Tesla Semi Stories October 1

The third quarter has ended and Tesla is now expected to end the year strong with a busy fourth quarter on many fronts.

Here’s what to expect from the company this month. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 13

Tesla originally planned to unveil its upcoming new all-electric truck, Tesla Semi, at the end of September.

Now CEO Elon Musk says that it has been pushed to October 26th. As usual, he also hypes up the new vehicle, which he called “a beast” this time. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 6

Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas is one of the top analyst covering Tesla and now he seems pretty excited about the imminent launch of Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming all-electric truck.

In a new note to clients today, Jonas even suggested that the reveal of the truck could be “the biggest catalyst in trucking in decades”. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 24

Ahead of the launch of Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric truck, a Ryder executive says that he met with Tesla officials and that they said Tesla Semi will have 200 to 300 miles of range. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 11

While electric cars have been part of the car industry since its very beginning, they are only now starting to truly transform the industry and they are expected to dominate it over the next few decades.

Things are likely to move much quicker in the trucking industry now that EVs have matured and if legacy truck and bus makers don’t embrace electric propulsion fast, they could face obsolescence, according to analysts.  expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 9

Tesla is set to unveil its all-electric truck, known as Tesla Semi, next month and the automaker is apparently now seeking to test its prototypes for platooning and self-driving in Nevada and California. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 20

Just like Tesla did with the Model S in the premium sedan segment, Tesla Semi, the company’s upcoming all-electric semi truck, is aiming to become the best-selling truck in its segment, according to CEO Elon Musk.

It means that they are attempting to dethrone Freightliner’s Cascadia.

Daimler, Freightliner’s parent company, doesn’t seem too worried about the upcoming competition from Tesla based on recent comments from an executive. expand full story

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