Tesla Semi Overview Updated March 23, 2020

Tesla Semi

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

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135 'Tesla Semi' stories

July 2016 - March 2020


‘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 March 23

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted coming back from winter testing in Alaska ahead of the start of production. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 24

Tesla is reportedly trying to get approval for electric trucks to get around a Sunday and holiday ban for semi truck travel in Europe, which would give a significant boost to commercial electric trucks, like the Tesla Semi. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 19

Electrek has learned that Tesla is now operating a giant new building next to Gigafactory Nevada and we might know what the automaker is going to use it for. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories February 12

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted outside the US, in Canada to be precise, for the first time. It’s likely to undergo winter testing, as recently announced by Tesla. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 27

A Tesla Semi prototype has been spotted being transported on a trailer in California yesterday and it appears to have joined the Tesla Cybertruck in Los Angeles. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories January 10

Tesla has sent a letter to Tesla Semi reservation holders to update them on its test program for the electric truck, as well as plans to improve it, and a slightly updated timeline. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 21, 2019

A new patent shows that Tesla designed its own semi-truck seat suspension for the Tesla Semi, which is equipped with a large centered seat. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories November 13, 2019

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tesla should be flattered that Neuron EV, a Chinese-backed EV startup, copied the design of the Tesla Semi for their own electric semi-truck.

They have also made an electric pickup to ride the hype of the Tesla Cybertruck. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 23, 2019

After delaying the production of Tesla Semi by a year, Tesla has now announced that it plans to start production of its electric semi-truck with “limited volumes” in 2020 expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories October 11, 2019

Deadmau5, a DJ and music producer, announced that he is getting a Tesla Semi electric truck to turn into a mobile music studio for his 2021 tour. expand full story

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