Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed his Master Plan Part 2 for the company last year and that was when it was confirmed that the company was working on developing an all-electric semi-truck. The project is believed to be in early stages right now. Referred to as Tesla Semi, Musk has now said that the company is making good progress on this project even though it’s not the center of its attention right now.
Tesla’s former Model S Program Director Jerome Guillen is reportedly in charge of the Tesla Semi project. He was previously the General Manager of the Cascadia semi-truck project at Daimler.
Musk was asked about the project’s progress on Twitter and whether good progress was being made. He replied that yes, the Tesla Semi project is moving along nicely, but it doesn’t have priority right now.
That’s understandable because the Model 3 is Tesla’s “overwhelming priority” right now, according to Musk. It’s the company’s first mass-market electric car that’s expected to hit the production line later this year. One can’t expect the company to talk more about Tesla Semi until the Model 3 starts rolling off the production line.
It would be interesting to see how Tesla tackles the challenge of developing a heavy truck that’s powered by nothing but battery power. Tesla’s plan for the future also includes an all-electric minibus and a pickup truck.