Tesla Semi Overview Updated December 14, 2017

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - December 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).

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 December 14

After Tesla started taking reservations for its new electric truck, a surprising number of those pre-orders were coming from Canada.

Now we learn that fleet operators and truck drivers in Ontario, Canada’s biggest province, are going to have access to an important incentive. expand full story

Tesla releases full video of Semi and Roadster unveiling event

Apparently, some people had issues with the livestream of Tesla’s Semi and Roadster unveiling event last month and the company didn’t release the video like it generally does after an event.

But now a month later, they’ve released a newly edited version.

Tesla Semi Stories December 12

Tesla Semi keeps adding to its backlog of electric orders. After adding over 100 trucks last week, this week it receives 100 reservations from a single company: PepsiCo. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 9

Aside from press images, our only good look at Tesla Semi prototypes was under some pretty dark mood lighting at the launch event.

But now some spy footage shows a Tesla Semi prototype driving in broad daylight – giving us probably the best look at the electric truck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 8

Tesla keeps receiving more orders for its new electric semi trucks.

After Budweiser’s parent company placed a large 40-truck order yesterday, we now learn that Sysco beat them with 10 more Tesla Semi trucks on the same day. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories December 7

The list of companies placing orders for Tesla Semi electric trucks keeps growing weeks after the unveiling event last month.

Now Anheuser-Busch, the brewer behind Budweiser, announced that it ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 28

The list of companies placing orders for Tesla Semi electric trucks is still growing 2 weeks after the unveiling event.

Now logistics giant DHL gives its thumb up with an order of 10 trucks – bringing the reported total orders to around 200 Tesla Semi trucks. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 26

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage to present the company’s latest product, the Tesla Semi, an all-electric heavy-duty truck.

But now the executive leading the program, Jerome Guillen, gave his own presentation about the electric truck at a conference in Europe. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 25

While orders for the Tesla Semi electric truck are piling up, Tesla’s VP of Truck programs, Jerome Guillen, confirmed that Tesla will be its own first customer and that it will use the trucks to carry cargo between its factory in Fremont, California and its battery factory in Nevada. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 24

The new vehicles that Tesla unveiled last week featured some design details and technologies that we have seen before in Tesla’s vehicles, but it also featured some incremental improvements and apparent technological leaps that surprised us.

It opens up the question: are we going to see some of those developments in Tesla’s other vehicle lines? expand full story

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