Like any electric vehicle, a key component of the Semi is aerodynamics.
The cab is pushed forward relative to a standard semi today. The driver sits in the middle of the cab, allowing Tesla to keep the cab at that spot as narrow as possible for better aerodynamics; a jump seat sits just behind the driver to their right. A pair of Model 3-sources touchscreens flank the steering wheel and are fixed in position.
At the front of the Semi is a small storage compartment -- what Tesla and its owners lovingly refer to as the "Frunk" in light vehicles. The truck boasts a full array of Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous capability, all of which is derived from its other models.
Tesla said the Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi.
Tesla is not the only company looking into the electrification of commercial trucking. Daimler, Cummins and Bosch have all revealed electrified semi trucks that they're developing for deployment around or just after the end of the decade.
"Tesla will be up against some formidable challengers, Daimler being one which knows this market well and already has customer trust and loyalty," Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader, said ahead of the Semi's reveal.
The Semi reveal also comes at a precarious time for the EV maker and it has raised questions about why the company would choose to get into long-haul trucking when it already has so much on its plate.
Tesla posted a third-quarter loss of $671 million, its largest quarterly loss ever. The company also disclosed that plans to ramp up weekly output of the Model 3 by up to 5,000 units -- the car upon which much of the company's survival has been pegged -- will be delayed three months until the end of the first quarter in 2018.
The setbacks have raised the likelihood that Tesla will need to raise more cash in 2018 to get production of the Model 3 up to scale and promised levels.
Tesla is also grappling with a lawsuit filed by a former employee at the company's Fremont, Calif., factory. The class-action suit alleges a culture of racist behavior, a claim Tesla has vigorously denied.