Tesla Semi Overview Updated September 22, 2018

Tesla Semi

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

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95 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - September 2018


‘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 Yesterday

Some petrolheads don’t like electric cars because they don’t have the roar of an engine burning fossil fuel. EVs are definitely quieter but they still have a sound and I think some of them are pretty cool.

After watching this new video, now I think the Tesla Semi electric truck prototype accelerating with a trailer is one of the coolest EV sounds yet. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 13

Tesla is currently being sued by Nikola Motors for $2 billion over the design of the Tesla Semi, but the automaker has now obtained its own design patents for the electric truck – significantly weakening Nikola’s case. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 12

Tesla Semi was announced to go into production in 2019 when it was officially unveiled in 2017.

A Tesla investor now says that they were told in a Gigafactory 1 tour that “earnest” production would only start by 2020.

Some media are framing it as a delay, but Tesla says that the plan hasn’t changed. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 7

A Tesla Semi prototype has been driving around the country to apparently visit companies who have reserved the electric truck and as part of its test program.

Now the prototype has been spotted in Salt Lake City. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 6

Tesla Semi is still accumulating orders for its upcoming all-electric truck.

We learn that Walmart, who already ordered a few Tesla Semi trucks last year, added 30 more electric trucks to its order this week. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories September 4

A Tesla Semi prototype has been touring around the country apparently to visit reservation holders and now we learn that it has stopped at an unknown test track with a pro-driver. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 31

As we reported earlier this week, a Tesla Semi prototype is traveling around the US – apparently visiting several reservation holders.

The electric truck stopped at a Supercharger in Colorado where Tesla Semi engineers talked about how they charge the electric truck at a Supercharger. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 30

A Tesla Semi is accumulating a lot of miles in the past few weeks in what appears to be a mix of the electric truck’s test program and tour to show off the prototype to reservation holders.

The electric truck is now in Iowa, where it stopped at another reservation holder: Ruan Transportation. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 28

A Tesla Semi prototype is evidently on tour to visit potential customers at the moment since it has been spotted at J.B. Hunt last week and now UPS is taking a look at the electric truck.

The delivery giant’s employees even had the chance to test drive it and they say it’s ‘one smooth ride’. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories August 25

Just as the diesel truck industry is in disbelief of what Tesla Semi can do and it is asking for proof, CEO Elon Musk taunts them by claiming a Tesla Semi prototype drove ‘across the country alone’. expand full story

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