Tesla Semi Overview Updated March 21, 2018

Tesla Semi

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

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July 2016 - March 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 March 21

As we reported yesterday, a Tesla Semi prototype showed up in Dallas this week and now we learn it was for a private event for big customer PepsiCo.

A redditor crashed the event and reported back on what happened with some pictures of the vehicle. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 20

If you have been following our coverage of the Tesla Semi electric truck test program recently, you know that one of the prototypes has been traveling across the US.

It has now been spotted in Texas. expand full story

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Tesla Semi Stories March 16

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype is currently traveling in the Midwest as part of the automaker’s test program ahead of the vehicle’s production next year.

Now the truck has been spotted on the side of the road in Missouri apparently broken down to the enjoyment of detractors of Tesla’s electric truck effort, but the company says that it actually wasn’t even “broken down”.  expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 15

As we reported earlier this week, a Tesla Semi prototype made quite a trip after its first cargo test run last week.

The electric truck ended up at an early Tesla Semi customer in St-Louis and it resulted in one of our best looks at the truck so far. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 13

Just a few days after completing its first cargo trip, a Tesla Semi electric truck has now been spotted all the way in St-Louis at a Supercharger station. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 12

Tesla recently started testing its ‘Tesla Semi’ electric trucks with cargo and it’s giving us opportunities to start seeing the real potential of electric heavy-duty trucks at work.

A new sighting is as impressive as it gets. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 9

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Semi starts to move emission-free cargo with its first test run, a bunch of new electric vehicles are unveiled in Geneva from BMW to VW, and more. expand full story

As we reported yesterday, Tesla Semi prototypes were spotted at a Supercharger station near Sacramento on their way down from Gigafactory 1 in Nevada for their first cargo trip test.

It gave the opportunity for people to catch up with the prototypes and give us our best look at the electric trucks towing trailers. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 8

Elon Musk announced yesterday that Tesla Semi was setting out on its first cargo trip from Gigafactory 1 to Fremont factory, but he shared the news before the prototypes had actually completed the 5 to 6-hour long trip.

Interestingly, the two electric truck prototypes have now been spotted at a Supercharger station near Sacramento – a little more than halfway through the route. expand full story

Tesla Semi Stories March 7

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s electric trucks, the Tesla Semi, are setting out on their first cargo trip transporting battery packs from Gigafactory 1 in Nevada to Tesla’s Fremont factory in California. expand full story

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