Tesla’s Jerome Guillen Already Driving/Testing Tesla Semi
In a Tweet issued by Tesla CEO Elon Musk following the reveal of Master Plan Part Deux, Musk revealed that the Tesla semi is likely much further along in the development process than we would’ve guessed.
According to Musk, Tesla’s Jerome Guillen is already driving and testing the Tesla semi.
Apparently Guillen leads the team that’s working on the Tesla semi.
Master Plan Part Deux puts the semi unveiling to be sometime next year. No word on when or if it’ll ever go on sale for public consumption. From the 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.”
Guillen’s background includes extensive semi truck work while at Daimler, so he’s definitely fit for the job. Guillen was in charge of development for Daimler’s Cascadia semi truck, which was sold under the Freightliner brand (see image below) and even later offered in autonomous form: