Tesla Semi Overview Updated August 15, 2019

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - August 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 August 15

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

Tesla Semi Stories July 29

As Tesla is preparing to launch its ‘Tesla Semi’ electric truck next year, some are starting to imagine other possible applications than freight transport, like a Tesla Semi electric motorhome. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories July 12

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted driving down the highway in California and some are speculating that there wasn’t a driver at the wheel. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories July 10

Tesla and a few other companies are currently competing to push their own >1 MW high-power charging standard for electric trucks within CharIN, an industry association behind the CCS standard. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 25

A Tesla Semi prototype has been traveling around Northern California over the last few days and it stopped in Rocklin where an Electrek reader managed to get a close look.

We even get our first look at the Tesla Semi’s frunk. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories June 11

During Tesla’s 2019 Shareholders Meeting, Elon Musk gave a slight update to the timelines for the Tesla pickup truck and Tesla Semi truck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 25

During its first quarter 2019 earnings call last night, Tesla confirmed that it is delaying the production of Tesla Semi, its electric semi truck program, to next year. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 8

Tesla has released a video showing the first delivery of a vehicle to a customer using a Tesla Semi electric truck prototype – showing a glimpse of a future with zero-emission electric vehicle deliveries. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 4

The Tesla Semi prototypes, both of them, showed up at Gigafactory 1 today amid rumors of production plans finally coming together for the electric semi truck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 1

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a rare mention about bringing the Tesla Semi electric truck to production as the company’s original timeline is starting to approach fast. expand full story

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