Tesla Semi Overview Updated August 11, 2017

Tesla Semi

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

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‘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 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

Tesla Semi Stories June 7

There were actually a lot of interesting announcements and comments from Elon Musk at the Tesla’s 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting yesterday.

We got a Model Y teaser, Model 3 configuration update, and Musk gave more details about Tesla’s plans for new factories.

He also shared some interesting information about Tesla Semi, the company’s heavy-duty electric truck program. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories May 25

Last week, ‘Tesla Semi’, the automaker’s upcoming all-electric heavy truck, got an official release date: September 28th.

That’s just 4 months away and we think it could hit production, at least low volume production for pilot fleets, quicker than most people think.

Until then, here’s everything we know about Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories May 3

During a conference call with analysts following Tesla’s first quarter financial results, Elon Musk briefly commented on Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric semi truck.

The CEO disclosed that Tesla Semi shares “a lot” of parts with the Model 3, including the new motors made for the upcoming $35,000 all-electric sedan. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 28

After announcing a planned unveiling in September 2017 for Tesla Semi, Tesla’s all-electric semi truck, CEO Elon Musk released the first teaser image of the truck today. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 20

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company plans to unveil its electric semi truck, called ‘Tesla Semi’, in September, which is sooner than most industry watcher anticipated.

Now analysts covering the company are weighing in the new trucking business in their valuation of the company and coming up with business models that Tesla could use for its battery-powered trucks. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 18

The idea of an all-electric class 8 truck is being met with a lot of skepticism in the trucking industry. With the current status of electric passenger cars barely breaking the 300-mile range, they have difficulties envisioning a truck capable of towing tens of thousands of pounds of cargo and still achieving a decent range.

It’s in this context that Elon Musk announced in a tweet last week that Tesla plans to unveil ‘Tesla Semi’, its all-electric truck, as soon as September 2017. An analyst now warns the industry that they shouldn’t laugh at Tesla’s plan. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories April 14

Tesla’s automotive business is expanding quickly and we are not only talking about the Model 3. The Model 3 program will significantly increase its overall production capacity from roughly 2,000 vehicles per week to ~7,000 vehicles per week by the end of the year if all goes well, but Tesla is also expanding its automotive offering with now 8 vehicle programs at different stages of development.

CEO Elon Musk’s update yesterday gives us a better idea – albeit still vague – of the timeline for those programs. expand full story

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