Tesla Semi Overview Updated January 18, 2019

Tesla Semi

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

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109 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - January 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 January 18

It looks like Tesla Semi is being used to move some cargo again and some interesting one this time: an actual Tesla Model X. expand full story

Tesla is partnering with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay to design a new “near zero-emission” distribution facility that will involve a whole fleet of Tesla Semi electric trucks, along with a few other electric vehicles, a charging system, some Tesla energy storage systems and a solar array. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 16

TCI Transportation, a truck leasing company that ordered 50 Tesla Semi electric trucks, got a visit from Tesla today to test drive what they said is a “new electric truck prototype.” expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 14

If Tesla delivers on all the specs that they have been promising since the launch of the Tesla Semi electric truck last year, it is going to be a real problem for the rest of the industry, but industry leader Daimler Truck is still not impressed.

They call Tesla’s electric truck project ‘fun’, but they think Tesla will ‘learn the hard way’ that the trucking industry is a tough one. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 11

Tesla Semi, the automaker’s electric truck division, has received another order ahead of the start of production, which is planned for later this year.

The electric trucks will be used to move goods from Europe to Norway. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 28, 2018

We have only seen two Tesla Semi electric truck prototypes since the launch over a year ago, but it now looks like there might be a third one or at least a modified one as a red Tesla Semi has been spotted in the wild. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 13, 2018

Ever since the launch of the Tesla Semi a year ago, we have usually only seen the same silver electric truck prototype, but now Tesla’s black semi prototype is back and it was spotted charging from 5 Superchargers at once. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 4, 2018

Tesla Semi has the potential to be a revolutionary product in the trucking industry and the automaker is seeking feedback from customers before bringing the vehicle to market.

Now, the company is giving an electric semi truck test drive to an important new customer. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 18, 2018

Tesla Semi, the automaker’s electric truck, is supposed to go into production next year and now it secures another order from a major company. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 15, 2018

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

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